Political by Nature: A Conversation with Nnenna Okore
by Robert Preece
Sometimes an artist’s use of materials is in itself political, as in the case of Nnenna Okore. Born in Australia and raised in Nsukka, a town in southeastern Nigeria, she explores a range of artistic materials and influences, creating installations and sculptures made of clay and found as well as handmade paper. Her striking forms emphasize the art-making process and craftsmanship, while her reuse of materials subtly pits extravagant wealth (and waste) against creative adaptation of available materials by the less fortunate...see the entire article in the print version of July/August's Sculpture magazine.
Wild seeds, 2007. Clay, rope, and leather, 90
x 28 x 21 in.