Monday, December 5

Toyin Ojih Odutola

Michaelmas Term, 2016. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper.
"Toyin Ojih Odutola is a contemporary artist who focuses on identity and the sociopolitical concept of skin color through her pen and ink drawings. Her work explores her personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American culture in conservative Alabama. 'I’m doing black on black on black, trying to make it as layered as possible in the deepness of the blackness to bring it out. I noticed the pen became this incredible tool. The black ballpoint [pen] ink on blackboard would become copper tone and I was like 'wow, this isn’t even black at all!' The black board was like this balancing platform for the ink to become something else.' ..."
Jack Shainman Gallery (Video)
Interview: Toyin Odutola and the Public Struggle
Toyin Ojih Odutola
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YouTube: Toyin Ojih Odutola