- Materials: Stainless steel and glass
- Dimensions: 9m x 30cm x 13.8m
- Housed: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
My work for N&NUH was developed in reaction to the Atrium and was also a reaction that my sculpture was going to be placed in a hospital. When I visited the site, the Atrium was stark but like a glass house with rays of the sun moving to different positions through out the day. The Atrium faced beautiful green fields at the entrance and I felt it would be wonderful to bring the landscape inside the building. In my research I found out about a strange fairy story about green children who had been discovered in Norwich. They were green all over and their colour changed only after being in Norwich for a long time and one of them died. Living in London which is so grey and hearing about these green people in Norfolk which is so green. It seemed natural to believe in this story because of the landscape. My Branches (sculpture) has green glass inserted into the steel, so that it seems as if even steel can be changed. There are a mixture of steel leaves and glass leaves. The branches hang from columns to create a forest. The columns are like tree trunks. The branches are organic but are made of steel and echo the landscape. The Atrium is also like a stage and when one is in hospital it is a moment in ones life that can be decisive and intrusive as the word stage describes. The branches are repeated in different shapes and patterns. There are five branches spanning the Atrium leading you into the building/forest. There is more green glass as the branches move deeper into the building. I hope this creates reflections as the sun moves through the Atrium. When people spend time in N&NUH I hope they are able to dream about life and its beauty, just by looking at this interpretation of nature which is such a powerful element in our lives.
- Materials: Steel
- Dimensions: 60cm x 79cm x 47cm
- Housed: Artist
‘No-o-war-r No-o-war-r’ is a celebratory piece that captures Londoners’ diversity and energy. Trafalgar Square has a history of famous protest speeches and demonstrations. Capturing this feature of London life on the 4th plinth will crystallise this history and acknowledge both the contribution made by our forebears to our democratic rights, and our duty to continue to exercise those same rights. My aim is to depict ordinary people as heroes. This acknowledges the plinth’s context in the reliefs at the base of Nelson’s Column. These commemorate the ordinary soldiers and sailors that fought in, and were the true heroes of, Nelson’s campaigns. I am also inspired by Rodin’s ‘The Burghers of Calais’, a cast of which usually stands by the Houses of Parliament. Its human scale, accessibility and theatricality are things that I would like to bring to the square. It also expresses a similar theme of ordinary heroism and sacrifice for the greater good. Made of stainless steel, my sculpture will have a colour different from that of the other sculptures on the square. Stainless steel naturally possesses a slight blue colouring and it can easily be drawn out. It will bring a machine-age sheen to the traditional cast bronze and worked stone of its surroundings.
- Materials: Wood, cowries, electric steel
- Dimensions: 194cm x 109cm x 139cm
- Housed: Artist
Exhibited in: Black President : The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Fela’s music was very sexy and when I think of his concerts I think of the women in his band, dancing and gyrating to the beat, scantily dressed in woven fabric and painted with fluorescent colours and beads. They were symbols of African beauties. Fela married all of these women to give them respect and sense of pride, marrying them all at the same time to eliminate the sentiment of whom was senior to another. When he did this it was spectacular because there were so many of them; twenty-three in total. People found it amusing but I thought it was wonderful and inventive. Looking at the idea of using Fela’s women to convey his spirit is apt because they gave life to his concerts. I am using cowries in the sculpture to make their costumes. Cowries in Nigeria are used as currency and for magical purposes. My sculpture will therefore be a fetish of some kind. A tall gyrating structure decorated with cowries and motorised. Fela was a symbol of West African style he had so much power but all of his strength could not save him from AIDS. This is a contemporary plight. I would like to convey his dynamism and power, his vulnerability in death and the irony of life. ‘If you say African woman na woman, she go say- she go say aah I be lady oh’.
- Materials: Steel and fabric
- Dimensions: 141cm x 51cm x 60cm
- Housed: Sold
Sharia Fubara was made in a ten day residency in Indiana State University. At this time there was a new instrument that was being imported into Nigeria that cut off thieves’ hand more easily. I felt very threatened by this punishment for stealing and made this sculpture to remember this movement in Nigeria’s history. Duein Fubara is traditional Kalabari sculpture that commemorates the achievements of our ancestors; it is normally very flat and resembles a formal photograph. Being in America and remembering cheerleaders with their pom pom’s I included red fabric in the sculpture to resemble a stream of blood.