oyibo is okay [2010-2011]

in this body of work, i explore themes of authenticity, cross-cultural synapse and the migration towards or away from aspects of one’s origin. my large-scale drawings play with a visual vocabulary to identify various populations and the hybrid that ensues as a cross pollination of those cultures and peoples. the imagery of these abstracted characters often reference biological organisms and processes, or mathematic functions that have the ability to both divide and multiply. each drawing investigates the dynamic and complex relationships these distinct identities and cultures have with one another. their visual interactions address issues of a presumed cultural hierarchy, various degrees of kinship and the isolationist desire to maintain authenticity. 

*the word OYIBO [n] is used throughout many parts of Nigeria to identify anyone who has been socialized predominantly by Western culture.