Michael Stevenson is pleased to present an installation of self-portraits by Kemi Odulana. This is the third project in the side gallery series in 2010.
Odulana's portraits are documentations of self-isolation, driven by process rather than end result. Initial photographs shot in the confines of her bedroom are used either as references for paintings, or as inkjet transfers which are then altered with ink, paint or graphite. According to Odulana, 'The adding and subtracting of marks builds layers, showing a variety of moods within each image.'
The process is complete once the works have been organised, taking into account the chronological, material and experiential qualities of each piece. In this way, the organisation reflects the creative process, as well as the artist's exploration of personal space. Together, the works provide an insight into Odulana's private, introspective world and the process becomes a means of self-discovery.
Kemi Odulana was born in New Jersey in 1987 and is currently based in Miami, Florida. She recently graduated from the New World School of the Arts (University of Florida) with a BFA in Painting and a Minor in Art History.
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