I am currently an artist in residence at Art OMI in New York. It's been a time to explore a new body of work; Playing with the different tones of red, exploring an alienation to oneself and coming untethered is central in this body work, deconstructing the form, having truncated bodies encompasses the embodiment of humanity stripped of its human characteristics
"Let slip the reins", 2017-18, ( Triptych) 300cm x150cm Acrylic/Mixed Media on Canvas
Feedback: Art, Africa, and the Eighties looks at the 1980s from both a historical and contemporary perspective, a time at which social change and political unrest was a major reference point also for artistic expression on the African continent. It examines the social, political, and economic realities in Africa of that decade through the creative visions of artists, then and now. Shaped by social uprisings, protests, civil conflicts, coups d'état, famine, and both military and civilian dictatorships, the 1980s marked the beginning of the formation of visions of political independences in Africa. It was also the last decade of the Cold War. Although many African countries tried to avoid taking sides, they became a sort of testing ground for the Western and Eastern blocs to conduct social, political and economical experiments. These experiments caused economic consequences across nations. However, the 1980s were also a time when new radical utopias began to take shape, such as Thomas Sankara’s revolutionary politics in Burkina Faso. In addition, the end of Apartheid in South Africa was finally appearing on the horizon. Thus, the African continent was at once the continent of “no future” and a space for the formulation of new visions - which impacted the post-Cold War times era after 1989.
I am very excited to be part of this exhibition that has been in the making for a while. Feedback: Art, Africa, and the Eighties looks at the 1980s from both a historical and contemporary perspective, a time at which social change and political unrest was a major reference point also for artistic expression on the African continent.
We are well into the year and i'm wondering whether wishing you a happy new year at this point really applies. I am not one for resolutions, but i do like to finish up ongoing projects perhaps that is my version of resolutions.
The studio is up and running, got a couple of projects underway that i'm really excited about, but that will keep till the next time, don't want to let "the cat out of the bag" as it were, or is it "counting my chickens before they hatch?" Its been a good year so far albeit hot, here are some shots from the studio and the works in progress and Happy New Year!