Tomilola Olumide_ 2022_ Portrait taken by Corporate studios Nigeria.

Tomilola Olumide is a Multidisciplinary Visual Artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She earned a First-Class Honours Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a background in Interdisciplinary Art Studies from the University of  Southampton, Winchester School of Art, England.

 

Her Visual Art practice contextualises her personal history and understanding of the world through wedges of experimental and autobiographical exercises, explored across Fine, Performance and New Media Art disciplines. She adopts a variety of materials and techniques through experimental activities within art mediums such as Sculpture, Painting, Digital, Drawing, Textile, Collage and Printmaking.

 

In Sculpture, Olumide expresses reflective dialogues on object integration, material fusion, and narratives on memories, events and physical movements. She works with material bodies such as plaster, plastic sheets, paper, textile fabrics, random craft accessories, balloons, food skins and animal shells.

Her sculptural practice also includes Installation structures, led by a fusion of mass quantities of materials and forms from miniature ornaments to ephemeral wall and room structures.

In 2019, she began experimenting with the practice of 'fabric drawing’ in an effort to explore an intimate transference of muscle memories through intricate finger manipulations with fabric materials, from activities of her subconscious mind. These finger manipulations manifested into abstract and physical representations of her memory subjects and other non-personal themes; thus becoming works such as Reminisce, 2019 | Pressure, 2021 | Lamentations of Lips That Leep Moving, 2022.

Through painting, she captures the honest sensibilities of her reality and imaginative realms of distorted and abstractly figurative bodily, gestural and scenic movements through fragmented forms, vivid colours and mark-making. She uses mixed and independent mediums and materials such as acrylic and enamel paint, inks and dye pigments on surfaces such as stretched canvas, fabric sheets, paper and wooden boards.

Olumide creates familiar and intimately sentimental scenes through intensities of emotional expressions in her performances; incorporating tools of body, sound, still imagery, movement and object playfulness which project human experiences in transient introspective spaces of and between ‘feeling and being’.

In her two-dimensional mixed media practices, Tomilola adopts techniques across drawing, painting, printmaking and collage, which serve to design and manipulate visual textures of existing, found objects and unimagined elements of current work and materials; which are later appropriated into analogue or digital fragments and used as backgrounds for projects such as textural collages, photomontages, paintings and still imagery in performances.

Through her works and subjects, Olumide holds spaces for unapologetic reflections and explorations of her life's nuanced perspectives, which she visually reimagines through diverse mediums and material expressions.

Olumide’s recent events include selected exhibitions and live performances: I AM & NOTHING ELSE, Affinity Art Gallery, Lagos Nigeria, 2022 | Beyond Otherness, OpenHand OpenSpace Gallery, Reading UK, 2021 | Rest and Repair, Platform Black x UCLH, London UK, 2021 | Ádun, Reading UK, 2021 | Undecided, Winchester UK, 2019 | IADT: It's About Damn Time, Winchester UK, 2018.

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