Nigeria | visual
Artist in Residence Program 2020
Last summer, I undertook a five-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, where I developed a body of work towards my solo exhibition, Dreams From The Deep End. This body of work comprised paintings, photography, multimedia installations, film, and several international artists’ talks. The residency in New York afforded me the time and space to explore the subject of swimming culture from various perspectives over a substantial time period with other artists. As I embark on my next endeavor, I am looking forward to enjoying similar critical dialogue and engagement with artists working across the multiple media that I employ.
Since my last residency and the resulting exhibition in August 2018, I have diverted my energies to non-studio practice, focusing on historical research and formal art training, taking short courses and workshops in gold leaf application, beading, printmaking, abstraction, and cyanotype photographic processing as a way of expanding my visual lexicon. Additionally, I was awarded a Smithsonian Institute Research Fellowship this summer in Washington DC, where I will conduct historical research on African American history in New York City as it relates to American swimming history.
While at Headlands
While at Headlands, I plan to consolidate these technical studies, historical research, and archival documentation for a future body of work including paintings and socially engaged installations. I am looking forward to having ample space and time to apply a year’s worth of research and training into productive, visually compelling, and meaningful studio work.