Sakhile&Me is pleased to present a solo exhibition of fiber sculptures and sculptural paintings by Nnenna Okore at the Tomorrows/Today section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair from 13-16 February 2020. Repositioning artistic emergency as not just an inclusivity of upcoming, underrepresented artists, but also artists who are less known in the Southern African region, the section offers a suitable platform to host Nnenna Okore's first solo exhibition in the South Africa.
Okore is well known for her fiber works whose intricate textures and vibrant colours reference organic elements such as plants, roots, or veins and explore themes of transience and transformation. The fiber sculptures are made from burlap, cheesecloth, rope, yarn, paper, wire and dye and are presented alongside new sculptural paintings made from gesso, acrylic and air-dried clay on foam board with relief patterns reminiscent of fossil-like structures and topographic landscapes.
"I perceive 'Tomorrows/Today' as a platform that gives currency to powerful global issues through diverse voices" explains Okore. "For many years, my works have dealt with environmental issues, such as excesses in manufacturing, consumption, wastefulness, and the anthropogenic practices we carry out in our different communities, countries and the planet at large. The environmental issues we face can no longer be dismissed or ignored because today and tomorrow will be defined by how we respond to and curtail it. This art fair is the right place for me to bring greater attention to these ecological issues through the display of tactile, sculptural and painterly forms created from recycled and plastic waste."
Nnenna Okore received her B.F.A. degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and her M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa and has trained with El Anatsui, Chike Aniakor, and Chijioke Onuora. She has received fellowships at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Gruber Jez Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Jean Paul Blachère Foundation and received a Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of Lagos. She has exhibited in more than 100 exhibitions worldwide and her works are part of notable collections, such as the World Bank's Art Collection, the Newark Museum, the Jean Paul Blachère Foundation, the Daimler Art Collection, the Indianapolis Art Center and the Royal Collections in Abu Dhabi. Nnenna Okore is currently the Chair of the Fine Art Department at North Park University in Chicago.
Nnenna Okore is an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for her intricate mixed media sculptures. More recently, she also started creating vibrant textured paintings. She has received art degrees from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. More...
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