Art Student, Chiamaka Okenwa, answers the question, ‘What runs throughout the mind connected with an artist prior to the birth of the true masterpiece?’ This is a question that plagues everyone, particularly today’s chaotic world where your identity is well lost.
The reply to this question is the thing that I have got down to find in my stop by to ‘Identities’, an exhibition at Denk Spaces. At the entrance to your gallery became a display through the exhibiting artist Erasmus Onyishi. What had in the beginning appeared to be just tangle of wires and clutter took form upon more careful observation as being a colony of ants marching in the wall. This mixed media piece, Openly Closed, was perhaps what opened our minds for the existence of other kinds of art besides realism, an idea we had been about closed away and off to.
Stepping in the building, eyes started fill with wonder. Each separate work would be a colorful and vivacious expression of the identical, special theme: Identity. The exhibiting artists had identified themselves through their work by their various color, line, texture and form, each work drawn all of us differently. One of Henry Eghosa’s expressive works, depicting women in the process of dressing in traditional attire appeared to whisper, our culture is our pride. Stephen Osuchukwu, in their dignified rendition of the elephant herd, drew focus to your matriarch elephant whose leadership position is nearly synonymous with its identity. This female cow could be the oldest and largest from the herd and it is responsible for leading the elephant herd. Their survival rests on the broad shoulders. On deeper reflection we realize that, perhaps, we’re a sort of matriarch when we have been given leadership positions.
Obinna Makata, as part of his work Beauty Deeper than Cosmetics II, leads us to appreciate the need to maintain each of our unique identities in a very world where society dictates getting a great look, the way you should look and, ultimately, who we become. Another work of his, Of Race and Identity, lets us know Africans that any of us do not truly conform for the label [Black], but our identities are rainbows of color, since there is a a little something special in just about every one of us. His artful employment of Ankara emphasizes individuality. Just as each Ankara pattern derives its beauty looking at the unique pattern, therefore we derive our personal from our difference in identities.
Promise O’nali, whose novel style would identify him within the farthest corners around the world, provides us another undertake the term, identity. Because who’re we, really? It is something for being deeply reflected upon. His works, inside a cool and manner, induce the viewer to observe the intricacy of man’s journey through life, plus the constant battle to keep up his true self.
At the finish of this truly inspiring and eye-opening exhibition, I returned almost with a different plane of mind. I had recinded one general lesson. In the words of Mr. Nnoli, “Art is obviously involved in our everyday life… It opens the door in our individual creativity.”
And indeed, I have truly been inspired to start those doors, and take the magic in many creative ways.