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Alice bands and eyes shut (2019)

Alice bands and eyes shut
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: H 64cm approx
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Puckered (2018)

  • Materials: Stainless steel and car paint
  • Dimensions: H138.5cm
  • Housed: With the artist
  • The garden at my Arts Club in London has always had a soft spot for my memories. My first visit to the club was memorable because I was fed artichoke petals dipped in butter lying on the lawn. Sipping wine and being fussed over, this experience made me fall in love with the garden… The alcoves and shaded areas can be magical. Lovers can sit, talk and watch people arriving into the garden. A summer dream is the theme of ‘Puckered ‘.

Lips Oil Cans (2018)

Lips Oil cans
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: 65cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Green Oil Cans & Dates (2018)

Green Oil cans and Dates
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: 69cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Quantum One Barrel Girl (2018)

Quantum one Barrel Girl
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: H 74cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Wrestling Boleco Oil (2018)

Wrestling Boleco Oil
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: 84cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.2018

Wrestling Vierge Extra Barrel (2018)

Wrestling Vierge Extra Barrel
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: 82.5cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Wrestling Oil Shell BP (2018)

Wrestling oil Shell BP
  • Materials: Steel and recycled materials
  • Dimensions: 63cm
  • Exhibition ‘ Lipstick and Agapanthus,’  (Steel and recycled materials)
    Petronilla Silver’s Gallery 6 November – 3 December 2019
    A recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like  agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.

Blind Love and Grace (2016)

  • Materials: Steel, oil barrels, aluminium, gold, and copper leaf, acrylic paint
  • Dimensions: 278cm x 203cm x 135cm
  • Housed: Artist
  • Blind Love and Grace was part of the Primavera exhibition at the October Gallery in 2016.

    The reinterpretation of a section of Botticelli’s painting. Created with oil barrels, cut in half then and opening up revealing Grace. A figure dressed in lace and a red shawl, looking like a West African lady but with the style of a renaissance figure.

    The barrels are broken into branches that fan out to create an environment a  forest and light behind the figure of Grace. She holds up her hand as if blessing or giving benediction to the viewer. Banana trees balance the stage either side of her and a fat cherub pointing his arrow in readiness to pierce someone’s heart flies above. Everything is made of steel but they all seem light.

God’s Children/God’s Gift (2016)

  • Materials: Oil barrels, olive oil cans
  • Dimensions: 191cm x 211cm x 140cm
  • Housed: Artist
  • This sculpture was created for an exhibition ‘Between the Worlds’ Schloss Roskow Germany in response to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Creating or acknowledging a new law is like creating new people. Our behavior and aspirations should change because of these new laws. A new law supporting children all over the world is a good start to a better future.

    At the moment I am very inspired by ancient art from Italy Botticelli, Michael Angelo and so on, looking at iconic images from the Sistine chapel I was attracted to the painting of God creating Adam, I love the hand gesture of this composition as so many people recognize it. Interpreting this in steel, I have decided to concentrate on god and his cloak of cherubs and people. Was Michael Angelo trying to express how complex God is? Anyway my rendition is god with children in his cloak. His hand is out stretched. Once installed, I hope viewers will adopt Adam’s iconic pose of almost touching God.

    My sculptured god and his children are created from recycled oil barrels and olive oil cans, oil is wealth, anointed in oil, are these children good or bad? Is oil bad? It was created by God (if you believe in him).

    My hope is to create a layered work that is contemporary but has a core of Western art history.

Europe supported by Africa and America (2015)

  • Materials: Steel Abalone , Gold and Copper leaf and Petrol Nozzles
  • Dimensions: 200cm x 84cm x 97cm
  • Housed: Artist
  • This piece was inspired by a drawing by William Blake with the same title, I have Africanized the figures; dressing them in cloth that could come from different parts of the world, echoing; Asia a paisley motived fabric, then a Mondrian pattern that looks like sleek building blocks to represent Europe and a woven cloth with an Igbo pattern for Africa. The women have gele head ties (this fabric is produced in Switzerland). The three graces represent women in the world resting on their laurels as humankind is holding a wreath which ends with a petrol nozzles; their back drop is mountains and they stand gracefully on a cushion of lush grass and flowers.  I really enjoyed working with Blake’s sketch making sure the figures stood and touched as they do in his drawing. I think the work is international and conscious of our humanity and the coercion in working with each other and not caring for the environment. Business as usual?

Primavera (2015)

  • Materials: Steel, Toy cars
  • Dimensions: 201cm x 72cm x 162cm
  • Housed: Artist
  • Botticelli painted ‘Primavera’ and one of the women in the painting is Flora Primavera is a painting about Spring, the entire piece (Allegory of the Spring) to which Vasari gave the name Primavera – some 70 years after Botticelli finished it.

    Most people recognize the word ‘Primavera’ as something to do with spring, without knowing all the facts. I have approached this work intuitively. The idea of spring, flowers, so bright and colorful that they look like sweets, mixed with new toy cars, that my nieces children play with. Materialism and a clash of the past and the present. My sculpture carries flowers and toy cars that she seems to be collecting or giving away.

    When I look at Botticelli’s painting the beautiful people their fine clothes wealth and fantasy is so compelling. Primavera (the sculpture) is a visual image with a twist.

Hibiscus Kiss (Heart) (2014)

  • Materials: Steel, acrylic paint, metal drawing
  • Dimensions: 76.5cm x 60cm x 7cm
  • Housed: For auction @ Arthouse Nigeria

Green Leaf Barrel (2014)

  • Materials: Steel, Perspex, oil barrel
  • Dimensions: 190cm x 163cm x 143cm
  • Housed: Artist
  • I am very conscious that my home in Niger Delta is in a very bad place at the moment because of pollution and lack of employment. I work hard, thinking of positive things that could happen – I feel that the negatives are so big that if we talk about them all the time we will have nothing to look forward to. Funnily enough , this brings out humour in the work I make.

    William Blake has a drawing of a figure that looks as if it is creating the world; Urizen- I like this drawing . I love poses done with hands and bodies by rap stars and foot ballers. Far from Blake but not so far. Anyway my’ god’ is a woman, she is creating growth from a split oil barrel, Her lower half is covered by smurf pattern. I did not want to go down the path of ‘ African’ material.

    There was an article in the times newspaper of a roman sculpture that had been found off the coast of Gaza, a fisher man found it caught in his net and got his friends to use their boats to drag it to the beach. When they finally got it onto dry land, some cultural police came along and said the sculpture was against Islam and then some other police came along and said it should not be seen by anyone because it was an abomination. There was a little photograph of this sculpture and it was resting on a mattress which had a pattern of the Smurfs.

    Very often when you see tragedy or something very serious there is a commercial light thing in the same picture. People in temporary housing with a Mickey mouse poster keeping their shelter intact. A fierce Taliban fighter hiding his identity with a picture of Britney hanging off a wall…..

Kissss Me (2014)

  • Materials: Stainless steel, Perspex, car paint
  • Dimensions: 114cm x 91cm x 44cm
  • Housed: Artist's studio in London
  • Kissss me came about because I spent a summer holiday with my girls in Italy and I was kissed and loved by them both! They were sporting bright red and livid pink lipsticks and were lovely to watch. I wanted to catch this happiness.

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