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AYODELE NGOZI

AYODELE NGOZI

Artist Work

marie-claire of st. ferdinand
2006
mixed media
16" x 15" x 60"
part cherokee
2002
mixed media
6" x 22"
papa nou
2000
mixed media
36" x 37"
marie-claire of st. ferdinand
2006
mixed media
(detail)

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My mixed media assemblages, collages , textile works and performance works all draw on a range of influences from urban and rural landscapes to the rituals, cosmologies and masquerades of West Africa, the Caribbean and the American South, to personal family history. Much of my work incorporates text. I look to written and oral literatures that provide images of spiritual and personal power, images that engage and question current and historical social phemonena and political reality. Found objects—coming with their own histories and energies—and organic materials figure into my work, as do mechanically reproduced images and digital elements. Also a performance artist and dancer, I am co-founder of painted lady performance project, a performance art collective and have staged live and site-specific performances since 1998. I have shown my work in the Washington, DC area since 1999, including solo and group shows and performances at Numark Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Center for the Arts and Visual Education, Art-O-Matic, the Edison Gallery, and Frostburg State University. More recently, my performances and sculptures have turned to site-specific work around places of power, particularly in the southern U.S. I have taught workshops at the Smithsonian Institution and at numerous community-based art institutions, and my illustrations have been published nationally.