BIO

LOLA AYISHA OGBARA (interdisciplinary artist/ sculptor / arts administrator) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois holds many talents under her belt, i.e.; painting, design, mixed media, sculpture, photography and illustration. “My practice explores the multifaceted implications and ramifications of sexuality in regards to the Black experience. I work with clay as a material in order to emphasize a necessary fragility which symbolize an essential contradiction implicit in empowerments”. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management that she received at Columbia College Chicago in 2013.

In 2017, Ogbara co-founded Artists in the Room, a collective of artists and scholars who host artists, emerging and well-known, in hopes of serving as a catalyst for artist development and networking. Ogbara has received numerous honors and awards, including the Multicultural Fellowship sponsored by the NCECA 52nd Annual Conference.

Ogbara has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including and currently based in St. Louis, Missouri, working as a visual artist. Ogbara is a graduate student at Washington University Sam Fox School of Art & Design and will receive her MFA in the year 2020.

STATEMENT

As an artist whose identity is based primarily in the intersections of Blackness, queerness, and womanhood, my practice becomes a way in which I process circumstances situated within these identities. The subjugation of sexuality is one entity that I am heavily effected by. Exploring the implications of sexuality constructs within these interchanges, I use the body form, as well as, the absence of the body to contemplate complexities of pleasure and desire as an ongoing search for due process. Subverting myths of barbarity that perpetually places Black feminine sexuality in anguish, I often use and reference my own body to create possibilities of self-induced pleasure. Through material usage and composition, I emphasize on the nexus between Western colonialism and contemporary Black sexual politics.

I work with clay, rubber, cement and metal as these materials help play on the tensions of historical invisibilities and contemporary hyper-visibilities in regards to state regulation of Black bodies in labor. In addition to sculpture; photography, fabrication, and ready made materials support the expression of my own reality in the form of installations. My work exudes strength through vulnerability in which I intend to challenge sexuality politics, social constructs, and discourse surrounding feminism.


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