A Tale of Shared Experiences is an art exhibition that explores the themes of gender, self, and identity. From July 17 to August 31, 2021, Artpedia Gallery will display the works of six young and brilliant Nigerian artists. Learn about one of them below.
Meet Osaru Obaseki, a multi-disciplinary artist from Edo state, Nigeria. While her artistic journey began with fluid painting, she has since gone on to explore other art forms. Her time at the Nosona studios under the Edo global platform helped her hone her skills in handling different art mediums, particularly, sand.
Osaru’s creative brilliance has earned her a spot amongst the fastest-rising African contemporary artists. She was numbered among the Rele Arts Foundation Young Contemporaries in 2018 and exhibited under Rele Gallery as a Young Contemporary in 2019. Her works also featured in the “Re-entanglement” exhibition organized by the University of Cambridge and Nosona studios.
Osaru fancies various art forms but favours painting and sculpting more. She uses sand and acrylic as a way to merge ancient and modern civilizations. Also worthy of note is her use of bronze through lost wax casting to create contemporary art that highlights modern-day issues.
Come see Osaru's series "Standing in Her Place", at A Tale of Shared Experiences. By combining sand sourced from Igun street in Benin city and acrylic, Osaru created colourful paintings that question society's unrealistic beauty standards and their impact on women, especially those in the media spotlight. Her ultimate goal is to convince women that they are not defined by their physical imperfections.