Bio // 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. In 2013 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management with a concentration in Visual Arts management.

Lola is currently working in the St. Louis, Missouri area where she is a working artist and staff for a local arts organization.

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Statement // As a multidisciplinary artist, I pride myself on bringing focus to the delicacy of the human form. I choose to explore sexuality, specifically in the bodies of people of color. In particular, the versatility of femininity within Black femme existence has streamlined my interest. Throughout my sculpture, paintings and illustrations, I gravitate towards a more literal and abstract representation of the female aesthetic. Using sculpture as a material, it brings about a fragility that is needed in this work. I celebrate vulnerability sometimes using my own body as a source of material and am most interested in social standards, body stereotypes, social observance, and activism as it pertains to the body.

In my mixed media work, using a wide range of materials (i.e. photography, botanical features, clippings, drawings, printmaking, etc.), I emphasize on the formality of individuals living and functioning within any one city. Struggle, insecurity, fluctuation, classicism, and inequality are captured throughout many of my photographic portraits and juxtapose life's luxuries and life's realities.

Lola Ogbara Copyright 2012
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