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My life and generation dwell in the negotiation of fragmented and transitional presence. We have become increasingly used to juggling in a moment multiple understandings of where we come from, where we are and the futures we are intended for. I use art as a way to deconstruct and expand that moment. I produce compositions in the form of installations and objects that are markers of identity, place, and state and the fluid dynamics around them. I layer spirituality, culture, context, utility, and desire into works that navigate and rest in between definitions and operate as recorders of my life experience. Sourcing my narrative of migration from Nigeria, through the Caribbean and to the United States I use form as a language to mediate engagement and displacement toward society, dwelling/home, and faith.

I am interested in the psychological agency of objects that project manifestations of identity and desire: shrines, statues, monuments, urns, etc. I am also drawn to the poetics of domesticity and utility, positioning design and function as ways of feeling within ways of ordering. I at times work in multiples, shifting between conditions of collective and individual representation that I relate to negotiations of cultural and personal authorship. I use natural materials: clay, fiber, and wood, as well as synthetic materials: metal, plaster, and resins. My production processes rely on degrees of preliminary planning through sketches, blueprints, and digital models, while being intuitively driven and open to ongoing technical and conceptual discovery.