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Conversations 2018

In 2016 a work colleague told me her story of female genitalia mutilation and how the cultural practice created a lasting psychological and physical impact on her life. In her story she detailed how she was cut at the age of 14 and how most women of her age from Somalia are cut as a normal occurrence. I started my research and exploration into an aspect of African culture I was unaware of.

This led to creating the work 'Conversations' which was a set of conceptual images about violence against women and its intersection with African culture. As I discovered these aspects of my heritage I became aware of the lasting impact of a patriarchal system that uses culture as a tool to ensure its durability, by suppressing female expression and sexuality. In the images, I use plants and flowers as symbolic expressions of culture, representing beauty, fragility and destructive power, likened by the role of culture in male dominated societies. In the images I created symbolic representations of physical and psychological effects of these violent practices of female genitalia mutilation, breast ironing, child marriage, sex slavery. The work was completed in 2018.

The artwork is made up of 3 editions each.

Fertile offerings 

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Exhausting

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Masquerade lies

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Stolen identities

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Flambouyant burdens

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

My masculine

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Suffocated destinies

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Loosing myself

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

Mother never told me any different 

Metallic print 33x22 inches

3 editions remaining

£2750

The impact of 

Metallic print 50x35 inches

3 editions remaining

£3000

The Woman Code 2018

In the Woman Code I delve into the the symbolic meanings and design of Adire textiles; which are resist-dyed fabrics made up of complex symbols and patterns that convey specific meanings. The artwork encodes messages and proverbs which were used to communicate information and influence the unfolding of events.

During the history of Adire, women were not allowed to speak and express their opinions in public by the ruling class of men in the society. Adire symbols on fabric were used as a communication and expression mechanism among the Yoruba women of south-western Nigeria to overcome these barriers of patriarchy.In the work I strip away the symbols off the fabric onto female form highlighting its truest meaning and origin. It is an allegory of the woman wearing and expressing her subjugated voice and beliefs; it’s a symbolic expression of her true self and the wider community and language of women.

The artwork is made up of 3 editions each.

erin 

Metallic print 35x23 inches

2 editions remaining

£2500

àsírí aládìre

Metallic print 35x23 inches

2 editions remaining

£2500

ejọ́

Metallic print 35x23 inches

2 editions remaining

£2500

ojú inú 

Metallic print 35x23 inches

2 editions remaining

£2500

ìjàpá

Metallic print 35x23 inches

3 editions remaining

£2500

ọlọ́ba

Metallic print 35x23 inches

3 editions remaining

£2500

olókun

Metallic print 35x23 inches

3 editions remaining

£2500

ọ̀rẹ́ mẹ́rin 

Metallic print 35x23 inches

3 editions remaining

£2500

The Ase series 2016

The ase series explores Yoruba culture and it’s intersection with womanhood. Exploring the divine energy encapsulated within the black woman, her power, her energy, her vulnerability are all on display. It is believed in Yoruba culture that ase the energy within all living things is especially powerful in the female form. In the images I work with Yoruba women to visualise ase embedded within. 

The artwork is made up of 3 editions each.

fẹsẹ̀ múlẹ̀

Metallic print 30x20 inches

3 editions remaining

£2200

sú lọ

Metallic print 30x20 inches

3 editions remaining

£2200

fọkàn balẹ̀

Metallic print 30x20 inches

3 editions remaining

£2200

agbára

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remaining

£2200

ṣàn kan

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remaining

£2200

ṣàn keji

Metallic print 30x20 inches

3 editions remaining

£2200

fara balẹ̀

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remainin

£2200

ìjokòó

Metallic print 30x20 inches

3 editions remaining

£2200

The Adorned Series 2015

The Adorned series started from the recollection of a childhood memory of a woman I came across at my grandmothers funeral, she was tall, dark and had fierceness in her disposition. She seemed quite important as everyone seemed to revere her. She was layered in jewellery of different textures and sizes. I believe this formed the aesthetic basis for the adorned project. Out of that memory I started exploring womanhood and its confluence with culture, more so my African culture. I am interested in exploring beauty imbued within black women and how strength plays a part in that portrayal. The series explores womanhood, female archetypes and it’s intersection with culture and identity.

The artwork is made up of 3 editions each.

ero

Metallic print 30x20 inches

1 edition remaining

£2000

edo

Metallic print 30x20 inches

1 edition remaining

£2000

lẹ̀hìn

Metallic print 30x20 inches

1 edition remaining

£2000

iye

Metallic print 30x20 inches

1 edition remaining

£2000

ijó

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remaining

£2000

gbé

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remaining

£2000

boju 

Metallic print 30x20 inches

2 editions remaining

£2000

ìsàlẹ̀

Metallic print 30x20 inches

SOLD OUT

Mixed Media

Mixed media adorning prints with jewellery.

All pieces were 1 original limited piece.

ìkárùn eji

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

iye eye

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

15 x 15 inches

SOLD


ìkárùn kan

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

awọn ilẹkẹ

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

ilé ìkárùn

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

ori okan

Jewellery stones on metallic print on MDF board

30 x 20 inches

SOLD

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