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.


As an artist whose identity is based primarily in the intersections of Blackness, queerness, and womanhood, my practice becomes a way to process circumstances situated within these identities. Exploring the multifaceted implications and ramifications of interchanges, I use the body form, as well as, the absence of the body to contemplate complexities of pleasure and desire undeterred by anguish. Myths of barbarity surround Black sexuality and I often use and reference my own body as a source of inspiration. This investigation has led to my interest in perpetuated legacies of violence inflicted on the Black feminine body, creating a nexus conceptually in contemporary Black sexual politics.

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

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