Marcellina O. Akpojotor is an artist who has taken the time to completely think out of the box, using fabric to create faces and installations.
At the just concluded opening of Rele Art Foundation’s Young Contemporaries 2017, she exhibited pieces featuring babies and also an installation called ‘Roots and Rings’. About Marcellina’s colourful fabric creation of babies, she says she wants to use a crucial period in life to take us down memory lane and towards the future, according to a caption on Young Contemporaries Instagram page.
At the event, she shared with FW what her installation and creations are about.
Roots and rings took two days to install and each ball takes about an hour to create and there are roughly 158 balls, so let’s say 158 hours to work on this installation.
I used to make adorable Ankara jewelries and I was also making faces with pastel, so there was like an interchange of materials where I started using the fabric I use for the jewelries to make faces.
Why babies? Babies because that’s the foundation of every human and this is the stage where they start to require lots of training so they can grow the way we expect them to.