Ifeoma U. Anyaeji is a Nigerian neo-traditional artist born in Benin City who decided to take-up art as a full-time career exploring her boundaries, as a female artist beyond the conventions of her initial academic training in painting. She later went on to pursue her earlier interest in sculpture and engaging further her passion for non-conventional art making and repurposing discarded objects, an interest stimulated by the constant environmental problems she encountered around her community particularly from non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles.
Using a method which she describes as Plasto-art, Anyaeji creates intricately-woven structures and reliefs with a West African hair-plaiting technique known as Ikpa Owu in Igbo language (Threading), an increasingly obsolete hair-craft in Nigeria. By combining this with traditional basketry and fabric weaving techniques, Anyaeji reflects on the loss of such traditions. For her first solo presentation in the UK, Anyaeji will present a selection of recent works in BALTIC’s Level 2 gallery.
On the occasion of the Ezuhu ezu – In(complete) solo show, Sunday May 26th, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji will give an introduction to her exhibition at BALTIC, sharing ideas and processes behind her work.