Categories
Poetry

Happiness

Olaitan Osho


That feeling after a baby is born and the pain is gone,

when she looks into his eyes and says, ” I do”.

Being around the people that bring out the best in you,

the feeling of being accepted and appreciating yourself.

You realize that it is not just about having money when you give out to that old man sitting by the street and he starts crying and praying for you.

Have you ever wondered how the birds feel when soaring in the sky or how the horses feel galloping through the field?

That freedom and feeling of ecstasy, is intoxicating, spreading within you like a fire, and your soul comes alive.

Do not keep it to yourself.

The world might be a dark and cold place but there’s happiness also, so let it out, put a smile on someone’s face.

Sing with beautiful melodies.

Dance to the beat with joy.

Paint with radiating colors.

Share that feeling within you.

Share that happiness.


Artwork by: @grimhunny_art

Art Title: Wisdom ( Acrylic on canvas, 50x60cm)

Categories
Visual Art

Feminism, Religion as the Bed Rock of a Blooming Contemporary Artist’s Journey

Regina Ogwuche In this interview with blooming Contemporary Visual Artist, Chidinma Nnoli writes:

The creation and innovation of Art pieces have been known to have ties with the Artist’s personal background, religion and environment. It is common to come across Art that depicts the stories and journey of its curator. Thus, Africa being the home of multilingual and cultural heritage, it has witnessed major blooming contemporary Artists expressing their emotions and experiences with different artistic tools as, canvass, Acrylic, oil, paints, brush, charcoal, textiles, erasers and pen.

Artists have revealed that empathy, emotions and religious morals have played a crucial role towards the birth of their Artistic content. These, they explain influences the method and approach they infuse while depicting their thoughts into Art.

Artwork by: @chidinma.nnoli

Contemporary Visual Artist, Chidinma Nnoli who was born into a catholic family within the eastern region of Nigeria, Enugu before moving to Lagos, where she was raised, explained that Catholicism plays a big role in her work today.

 

Can you tell us briefly about your background and your journey towards becoming an Artist?

I got my B.A at the university of Benin in 2018 and I have been practicing professionally since then. I can’t remember when art started for me but I do remember when I started taking it seriously. In high school I was really interested in textile designs and I decided that is what I wanted to do in university, but after experiencing painting I decided to shift my priorities cause I felt painting was a more flexible means of expression. I still borrow ideas from my textile background like stenciling, which I infuse into my work.

How would you describe Art?

Art does not mean one thing. However, to me it is vulnerable pieces of magic and fragments of my experiences. Its spontaneous, its fun.

What inspires you to create Art?

Personal stories and stories I empathize with inspire my art. I’m very curious about how people are due to social conditioning so I navigate towards stories like that. Books inspire me too, one line in a really good book could become a poem that i write and then a whole body of work i express with oil on canvas.

The need to recreate my experiences inspires and motivates me to create so people could understand that they’re not alone and we’re all connected somehow by our experiences. I just want people to get a glimpse of what it feels like in my head.

 

Artwork by: @chidinma.nnoli

What sort of Art do you create and what sort of audience do you curate for?

People see my work and assume that I’m a feminist because I paint women the most. I mostly paint women and I’m a feminist but I do not always make feminist Art, most of my work are based on personal experiences and stories I empathize with. I’m a woman so empathizing with female experiences more come naturally to me but I just want people to see my work and be able to relate with these experiences even if they haven’t lived it regardless of the gender I choose to represent on canvas.

When i started looking at art, i found out i was drawn to stories that moved me. I’d see pure honest art and relate to it on a personal level, I’d almost cry. I knew that was what i wanted people to feel while looking at my work and i just navigated towards doing that with my art. I’m drawn to personal stories and lived experience and I want people to experience that in my work.

In your opinion, what is the volume of which, Nigerians value arts?

There are two sides to the value Nigerians have for Art. Aesthetically, they value it but for the most part a lot of Nigerians still do not see it as something worth investing in or taking seriously, which is why parents are kinda skeptical about their kids doing Art. So that begs the question of value cause for something to be valuable money has to be involved. Nigerians are not there yet but we are getting there.

What are the major challenges you have faced within the Artistic space and how have you been able to beat them?

I think the biggest for Artists is self doubt. Just DO THE WORK! I have an Artist friend I go to when I need advice, and then he tells me to just do the work and cloud out the struggles. Thus, whenever i doubt myself i just keep doing the work and researching ways to get better. Do this and with time everything else will happen organically. Another challenge is finding opportunities like Art residencies in Nigeria.

Artwork by: @chidinma.nnoli

What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating Art?

I love listening to music, I dance and imagine myself in a Taylor swift music video, its crazy but music is something I’d have strongly considered if I wasn’t doing art. I love watching old movies and reading. I write poetry sometimes.

What sort of message or story does your Artwork pass across to the world and is there a connection with the process of its curation?

My art talks about different things cause my subject matter is always changing. when I create I always try as much as possible to create from the heart and that’s personal to me an artist, I am deeply concerned about the honesty of my work which is why themes of my art border around emotions, social construct and how it relates to the human condition, cultural conditioning and the truth or the lack thereof in our everyday lives.

As much as my life experiences influence my Art a lot, while interpreting my Art like to detach myself as the subject and explore the creative process in way that I’m not limited to my own experiences alone. I want people to detach the Artist while interpreting my work, you understand it better.

Also, sometimes my process involves making pieces of art that are inspired by poems I write so yes, there is a connection between the process and the message.

Artwork by: @chidinma.nnoli

How do you reference current social or political issues in your pieces?

It depends on what I’m working on. My two major series talked about how the autocracy of the patriarchy within the family can be a breeding ground for toxicity which affects the psychology of a growing child. I also worked on the psychological trauma’s of sex slavery and I shot a documentary on that project for human trafficking month in January.

How do you navigate the art world?

One step at a time. I paint, look for opportunities online and shoot my shot . I’m quite comfortable with doing these through my phone.

 

 

 

Categories
Poetry

Toxic Flame

by Rukkayah Iman
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I kicked, i screamed, I fought. It didn’t matter.
I cried, I died, I grieved. It still didn’t matter
I yelled my prayers out laboring to escape
But there were no angels to my rescue,
only the devil in human shape.
Fractured in two, an exhilarating burn,
a fire you forcefully started that
still within me burns,
drought in the river; I cried a river.
Removing the breathes out my chest,
leaving me to quiver.
As loud as a new born child,
I shrieked no repeatedly
for the new born pain you implanted into me.
There was drought in the river
and then there was blood.
It just kept pouring,
there was a bloody flood.
Art work by: IyunOla Sanyaolu
And here I am again
trapped, kicking, my body seizing,
trying to run and increase
the volume of my screams,
until I wake up in a puddle of sweat,
struggling to swim away, it was just a dream,
It’ll fade away, but it doesn’t.
I have a mountain of tissues,
I make paper planes
I use them to try and escape the shame.
The pain, It sits with me through the rain,
it attacks my mind before I sleep,
I’ve tried counting but instead I’m
being chased by my blood stained Sheep,
I couldn’t escape it then,
I still can’t escape it now.
I grieve everyday for the old me,
the happy me, the carefree me, free spirit me.
Even my therapy sessions can’t set my soul free.
Forceful fire, I mistakenly burn my loved ones with this heat,
forceful fire, my war wounds are not visible, the kind of ones you cannot treat.
So I grieve every single day for the old me,
the one that got away, with a bulk of me.
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Art work by: @iyunOla
Categories
Visual Art

Beautiful Minds in A Flash with Zara

My bright artwork is driven by sad feelings and my dark art is driven by more happy or peaceful times. My bright art has fewer details normally, so I can’t really focus on it for too long and is just in the moment of sad or lonely. My catalog has more dark art and experimental stuff and those were mainly just curiosity and happy times. It all depends, really, Nigerian, Abuja based artist Zara Medugu, explains to theparakeetshow.com

Hamid Ayodeji exclusively for theparakeetshow writes the excerpt

What is Art to you?

Art to me is escapism from this world into your own.

What made you take your Art further, from merely a hobby to a career?

When I was still 17 years old trying to get my footing, it was the drive to be known – I wanted to be a Tavi Gevinson who was young, smart, and had an active audience who appreciated her fully. Now at 23, it’s more of a necessity. I already immerse my art in everything I do, so why not add a little price tag to it? I tried working a 9 to 5 and hated how exhausted and drained I was. I want art in all mediums to be what provides me with a comfortable enough way of life.

The reason I started art and still love it is because I get to share myself with the world and provide people this tangible piece of my experiences that they can relate to. I was giving away these moments for free (and still sometimes do), but I also realized I don’t have to be a dead artist to make a little profit or be appreciated.

What University did you graduate from and what was it like for you as a young artist?

I finished from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel at 20, but I didn’t study art. What I read was so far off visual art, but I was young and not paying my own school fees so I couldn’t really complain. Israel was a creatively stimulating place though – I made friends with people outside the school walls who were artists, poets, musicians and creators. I was also lucky enough to work on two radio shows there that allowed me to meet and interview people who had years of experience in the creative field and who spoke candidly about how you don’t just wake up and have it all. I learned art through experimentation, I learned how to navigate the art world by listening and trying.

Any specifics on how you were able to self develop your Artistic gift asides the basic fine art in primary and secondary school?

I am grateful for the curious mind I have that allows me to always find a craft store and buy up cheap supplies, which I used to experiment. I also thank the internet for being there for me to look up more techniques, tools and mediums.

How do you know when it is time to pick up your pen or brush to start creating?

It’s like falling in love or peeing; you just have this unshakable feeling that won’t leave. I try to do something creatively once a week, write, draw or sew. Even if it’s just for myself and it’s terrible.

Also, how do you know when a piece is complete and ready to be shown to the world?

My brother told me a piece is never complete. He made these intricate posters that he would have for years and just keep adding to. A lot of artists I follow share this same sentiment. I normally don’t like to spend time on one piece or thing, so it’s really about how people react to it. If I put out something I only half-love and it doesn’t sell at a show, I know it’s because there’s something missing, so I go back and try to add to it. But anything is ready to be shown as long as you show it.

If you were able to bring back one visual artist legend, who will that be and why?

I love a lot of dead artists, but I don’t think I would bring any back. It’s like how they say ‘never meet your idols’ – their reputations already precede them in such a way that makes them seem more legendary than human. I don’t think any of them would be happy to be back anyways.

What did you think you were going to go into as a career when you were much younger?

Nope. When I was 3, I wanted to be a ballet dancer or a model; I have no coordination or confidence for either of those jobs. I’ve always drawn and had a wild mind, but visual art didn’t really hook me until I was in SS1.

What is your take on the increased appreciation and attention African Visual Artist are now receiving?

I like it because visual art and the artists are being seen and acknowledged and paid. I’m just not a super fan of the pandering I often see that comes from African artists when it comes to getting international attention. Every story is ‘look at this African making African art about Africa and the suffering of Africans’.

Why can’t I just be a Nigerian artist making goofy cartoons or abstract art about my cat or life? I say keep the attention coming, but allow us to exist outside of the negative connotations people have.

What color do you feel you connect with the most and why?

Pink always seems to follow me, but it’s really green that has my heart. It’s always either very tacky or fits right into whatever you’re doing. Sea-foam green is my favorite shade though because it reminds me of a lot of Van Gogh and Botticelli pieces. It’s comfortable and calming.

Considering how much influence emotions has over the creation of Art, which of the emotions will you say drives you the most to create your Art?

My bright artwork is driven by sad feelings and my dark art is driven by more happy or peaceful times. My bright art has fewer details normally, so I can’t really focus on it for too long and is just in the moment of sad or lonely. My catalog has more dark art and experimental stuff and those were mainly just curiosity and happy times. It all depends, really.

Categories
Poetry

Love Vine

Poems By: Tobi Adeola

 

UNBORN CHILD

The exact feeling I have right now
isn’t just how i’m gonna hold your tiny, tender palms so tight
to my enlarged perky boobs.

But how i’m gonna tell you the tales of the one
that nurtured me to your stage, and how it would have been blissful for you to learn a bit of her motivational style.

I just wouldn’t mind so much because you’ll be blessed to meet her second half. How sweet a memory it will be to introduce the world to her newest solution as you bask in the pool of love she offers.

@jonnyalves20

White Guy

White guy next door,
Stop giving a hard stare when you pass by my flat.

I know you’ve been giving it a lot of thought
If I’m like the blacks you heard about or
I’m just your neighbor who has got a nice smile; glamorous wink; and pretty body, all to your admiration.

Do yourself a favor and give a slight knock on my door
I’ll be glad to welcome you into my vine of romance.

It really gets tiring watching you open your windows so wide, playing the “if I’m willing to follow my heart and love you song” as you peep into my room.

I caught you last night and the one before
Be a man and come up strong

OUR NEW YEAR SEX

Tell me you got the flowers for me before you grab my waist.

I’ll remind you of how I like the way you smile at me before you grab my upper lip, then followed by the lower lip.

Whilst basking in this erotic moment, say you are most blessed to have me, thereby presenting me some dark chocolate and nicely scented flowers in a hamper, placed by the bed side so that it would be the first thing I see.

I shall come over wearing a red dress, as early as dawn of the day.
Don’t worry your head over anything because I’ll come along with strawberry scented candles.

You’ll scream I love you for as long as you can.

Art Works By: @jonnyalves20