LOLA AYISHA OGBARA (interdisciplinary artist/ sculptor / arts administrator) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois holds many mediums under her belt, i.e.; painting, design, mixed media, clay, photography and illustration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management that she received at Columbia College Chicago in 2013.
In 2017, she co-founded Artists in the Room, a collective of artists and scholars who host national traveling artists in hopes of connecting them to St. Louis while giving local emerging artists the opportunity to network. Ogbara has received numerous grants and awards, including the Multicultural Fellowship sponsored by the NCECA 52nd Annual Conference.
Ogbara has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including the Koehnline Museum of Art, SOHA Studio + Gallery, and The Untitled Space. She is currently based in St. Louis, Missouri working as a visual artist and full time graduate student in Washington University's MFA program. She is currently on track to receive her MFA in the year 2021.
My practice is an ongoing exploration rooted in bringing focus to delicacy in reference to the human form. I choose to analyze sexuality in and outside of body forms, specifically pertaining to the bodies of people of color. Dangerousness surrounding the Black Woman’s sexuality is a complexity I investigate throughout my art practice. In conjunction, this has led to my interest in visual storytelling focused around the Black Femme existence. Using clay as a material brings a necessary fragility into my work that cultivate these ideas. I celebrate vulnerability and empowerment, often using my own body as a source of inspiration. I am most interested in social conditioning, body consciousness, dismantling patriarchal constructs, and awareness in relation to intersectional rights.