Tugbiyele, Adejoke
Born in 1977, New York, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA
Adejoke Tugbiyele’s work is informed by a sophisticated discourse on traditional philosophical concepts, and a deep understanding of the aesthetic and cultural character of the African continent. Her sculptural process combines the weaving of fibrous materials such as palm spines around light metal structures, producing abstract figurative forms with universal elements of androgyny, armour, flight, seduction, myth and mystery. Handling her material within a formalist sculptural framework, combined with an experimental approach, Tugbiyele creates work that is persistently innovative, and ignores boundaries between different cultural heritages and social constraints. Tugbiyele’s multimedia work has been exhibited in reputable institutions around the world including Nigeria, USA, France, South Africa, Poland, Spain, and the UK. Her pieces can be found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, Credit Suisse Bank and in significant private collections in the US, UK, and Hong Kong.
Adejoke Tugbiyele, 'Lady Liberty', 2016, Palm ribs, wire, Ghana-Must-Go bags, skull, oil funnels, handball, paint, 221 x 76 x 61 cm, Courtesy of the artist and October Gallery|Adejoke Tugbiyele, 'Flight to Revelation', 2011, Palm Stems, steel wire, trivet and mannequin head, 183 x 152 x 92 cm, Photo credit Lloyd Lowe Jr., Courtesy October Gallery

Artists 2014