Soon after I moved to the UK, around 10 years ago, I bought my first house plant. It has been with me through moving house, several times (including moving city – twice!), and through all kinds of neglect (I know, shame on me). The poor thing got bent out of shape – literally.
I managed to check out the Ellen Gallagher AxME exhibition at London's Tate Modern gallery before it ended at the start of this month. I left making plans about how I was going to find some time, somewhere, to indulge in one of my favourite creative pastimes – collage.
Why do I love collage so? It can be so many things at the same time: ornate and gritty, playful and provocative. For me, the process is quite cathartic – it forces me to relinquish control because, the end result is rarely close to what I expected or planned. Plus, I do like to get my hands dirty!
Here are some pieces from some artists whose work I'm enjoying …
Today it's time for the ever fresh Malian duo, Amadou & Mariam.
First up is the beautiful video for 'Africa mon Afrique' – animation + collage = what's not to love?! Then, a rockin' collabo with Santigold, 'Dougou Badia' (RSS readers click here to view videos)
I don't know how I missed Lubaina Himid's work when I visited the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition last year. Luckily for us all, you can have a look on the exhibition site. I love her series "Kangas From The Lost Sample Book" (kangas never cease to inspire – they influenced the Afri-love graphics and a game design project which we're currently working on at Asilia and should be able to share soon). I also absolutely love her collage portraits.
I'm always excited to see one of my role models getting well-deserved recognition. Be sure to check her out in the CNN African Voices article: "Artist Wangechi Mutu: 'My lab is the female body'" And bless CNN, there's not 1, not 2 but, 3 videos to watch, complementing the article!
Here's one as a taster:
I recently came across the work of illustrator, designer and entrepreneur, Jasmine Rose. A girl after my own heart with the rich texture and bold colour in her collages, along with her celebration of sisterhood!
From her website:
"Her current work encompasses the essence of femininity through black visual culture … She draws inspiration from women and visual culture of the twentieth century through fashion history, sexual exploration, immaterial reality and connectedness with nature."
Images copyright Jasmine Rose