is a Nigerian painter. She creates richly detailed pen and ink portraits that explore the geography of skin, and its relationship with external and racial identity. She studied at University of Alabama in Huntsville, at Yale University, Norfolk Summer School of Music & Art and at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She lives and works in New York.
“Black Portrait: Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I’m looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless.”
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