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Sacred Precinct: Divine Consultation Collage

Rasheed Amodu


Collage, Plastic on Wood

Size: 39 W x 54 H x 3.5 D in

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Sacred Precinct: Divine Consultation is an Onaism styled assemblage on board. Ifa divination tray (Opon Ifa) was creatively recreated with different objects and icons to achieve this divine piece. The objects employed in the work are pens, pencils, plastic tops and covers, tin covers and cases, wrist-watches, metal and leather straps, belt heads, tooth brushes, plastic spoons and forks, lighters, shaving sticks, wooden combs, plugs, scissors, and divider among others were creative arranged and glued on board. Acrylic colours were added to paint over most of the objects, thereby creating an aesthetically advance work of art, which bothers on the sacredness of the divination and revelation by a genuine priest of Ifa in Yoruba/African traditional religion. Revelation from the Opon Ifa (Ifa divination tray) are often sacrosanct and faultless, though in some cases; they come in riddles, complex proverbs, legends and twisted or confusing narrative to the common man. The white colour is the symbolic colour of ‘Orunmila’- the prophet and ultimate Ifa priest. White stands for purity and peaceful essence of the soul; linking the physical to the spiritual realm which perfectly suited ‘Orunmila’. The usual symbolic faces, four major ones and other smaller faces in concord with other sacred and profane forms and motifs were employed in the work for their aesthetics and symbolic significance. Iconic forms of twins’ statuette, the king’s birds, fish of eternity, cowry of wealth, and zodiac signs among others were creatively expressed in the assemblage. Sacred Precinct: Divine Consultation is contextually a holistic abstract composition on the sacredness of divine religious beliefs in her purest form before fraudsters, charlatans and evildoers takes over such religious practice and beliefs. It is portrayed from a Yoruba/African Ifa traditional belief on the destined essence of man, spirit and soul in harmony with nature and the universe. Sacred and profane Yoruba/African forms and motifs were employed in the work because they are some of the icons that reveal and represent the universe in Ifa divination and belief.

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Multi-paneled Collage:Plastic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:39 W x 54 H x 3.5 D in

Number of Panels:2

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I was born in 1966 at Surulere, Lagos. My parents are from Oyo State, Nigeria. Right from Primary school, I knew that I was destined to be an artist because I cannot stop drawing and coping pictures from dailies and magazines. From my second year in Secondary school, I was also training as an artist in the studio of late David Essiet. Thus, I was a 1981 to 1985 trained Artists before moving on to the university. From 1980 to 1984, I was the Best Fine Arts student throughout my Secondary school years at Igbobi High School, Yaba, Lagos. I was also honoured with a Distinguished Stewardship Award by the Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter in 2015. I have being practicing as an artist since 1985 before going for further studies as well as being involved in other art related engagements till date. As an art critic and historian, I have contributed essays to some books, journals and exhibition catalogues. I have also written articles on art published in Nigerian newspapers such as "The Guardian", "The Nation", and "This Day". I have been documented in several publications. My art works have been collected in Nigeria and other countries such as USA, England, and the Netherland to mention a few. I have executed many commissions in painting, sculpture, graphics, art management and other creative fronts. My creative inspiration comes from diverse sources such as life and death, joy and sadness, simplicity and complexity, natural and mysterious essence of life as well as Godliness. I have worked as a draughtsmanship trainee, graphic artist, art teacher, art and culture manager, and curator between 1984 and 2010. I am a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), and Best of lfe group of Artists. My hobbies are reading, writing, watching sports, films, music, nature watch and other forms of art. Whether as Rasheed Amodu or Rasheed Amodu Arts, you can find me online on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. I am a versatile artist, art teacher and writer, poet, art historian/ critic and consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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