Connecting Deep is the title of Ngozi Omeje’s ambitious installation that was presented by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos as part of its 10th year anniversary celebration programme on Saturday, 8 September 2018. The presentation, Omeje’s first solo exhibition, is a large installation work that ‘explores the elephant, a symbol of strength as well as gentleness, as a metaphor to articulate personal experiences, specifically that of a departed yet key family member—her father.’ Explaining the progression of her art in her artist’s statement on Artaxis, the Nigerian artist said,
My practice as a ceramist spans years spent evolving from the use of the potter’s wheel to a production combining pinching, tying, hanging and wrapping as a technique of working this material, clay. This shift in practice and technique gave room for the experimental spirit in me to soar. Thus, being limited in describing my world in its societal evolution through utilitarian wares like cups, plates and vases, I tilted towards more open-ended and discursive means – ceramic Installation. So, the tendency to explore is inherent in the art works produced.
Ngozi Omeje, who graduated from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and also earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the same institution, has produced several ceramics and mixed media installations that have featured in national and international art festivals and competitions, including her work, In My garden, there are Many Colours II, which was part of the First West African Art Fair, Lagos and her ceramic installation, Imagine Jonah II, which featured at the First International Biennale in Central China.
‘Connecting Deep’ exhibition runs through 9 November 2018 at The Centre for Contemporary Art, 9 McEwen Street, Off Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.