Anyaeji, Ifeoma U.
Born 1981 in Benin City, Nigeria
Lives and works between Benin City, Nigeria and Montréal, Canada
Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Nigerian neo-traditional artist born in Benin City, decided to take-up art as a full-time career exploring her boundaries as a female artist. She later went on to pursue her earlier interest in sculpture engaging further her passion for non-conventional art making and repurposing discarded objects. While experimenting with discarded environmental pollutants, engaging possible processes of object remaking and reuse especially with non-conventional art making techniques and traditional craft processes, Anyaeji developed a style of art she calls “Plasto-Art” (eco-aesthetic process of remaking, where she transforms her primary medium - used non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles - by applying her crafting skills in a receding traditional Nigerian hair plaiting technique called Threading, combined with traditional basketry and fabric weaving techniques). Ifeoma creates very conceptually complex and organic sculptures and installations, with intricate textures and colours, that reference architectural forms, domestic spaces and furnishings.
Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Etiti Etitti 8 (Center, center), 2016, Mixed media, 207 x 127 x 27 Cm, Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery Photography: Francesca Fattori |Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Made in ‘Shina’, 2015, Repurposed non-biodegradable plastic bags (Plasto-yarns), twine, and repurposed found object, 60 x 15 x 72 inches (5 x 1.25 x 6 feet) / (152.4 x 38.1 x 182.88 cm). Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery

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