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 2020.
My practice explores the multifaceted implications and ramifications of sexuality in regards to the human form. In an attempt to analyze sexuality, specifically pertaining to the bodies of women of color, I use the form of the body, as well as, the pointed absence of the body in my works. I investigate the myths in dangerousness surrounding the complexities of Black female existence often using and referencing my own body as a source of inspiration. This investigation has led to my interest in visual storytelling focused around the Black Femme reality. I work with clay as a material in order to emphasize a necessary fragility which symbolizes an essential contradiction implicit in empowerments. My work is a celebration of vulnerability and strength in which I intend to challenge social conditioning, assumptions of body consciousness, patriarchal constructs, and intersectional rights.