Bio // LOLA AYISHA OGBARA (interdisciplinary artist/ sculptor / arts administrator) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois holds many mediums under her belt, including 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 from Columbia College Chicago.
She prides herself on bringing focus to the delicacy of the human form and chooses to explore sexuality and body forms, specifically of the bodies of people of color. In particular, the versatility of femininity within the femme existence has streamlined her interest. In fall 2017, she launched Artist in the Room, an event series that hosts national artists in St. Louis, Mo., giving local emerging artists the opportunity to network. The collective’s first event hosted world renowned artist, Mickalene Thomas.
Lola is currently works in St. Louis, Missouri as a visual artist and staff member of Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design.
Statement // As an interdisciplinary artist, I pride myself on bringing focus to the delicacy of the human form. I choose to explore sexuality and body forms, specifically of the bodies of people of color. In particular, the versatility of femininity within Black femme existence has streamlined my interest. Using clay as a material brings about a fragility that is needed in my ceramic sculpture. I celebrate vulnerability, often using my own body as a source of inspiration. I am most interested in social standards, body stereotypes, social observance, and education 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.