SEASONS- Mixed Media on digital paper

“I am my own muse, the subject I know best, the subject I want to better .” Oroma Elewa 

Drawing inspiration from Elewa’s words, Seasons is a mixed-medium project, wherein I seek to depict my personal journey with scoliosis condition and Poland Syndrome. Both conditions became evident in my adolescence years, however, the latter only being diagnosed correctly in 2018. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape. Scoliosis can occur as a feature of other conditions, including a variety of genetic syndromes. Poland Syndrome is a disorder wherein affected individuals are born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body, resulting in abnormalities that can affect the chest, shoulder, arm, and hand. I am on a daily journey of discovery with the resolve to keep pushing through the physical pain and psychological effects. 

EDEN'NOSONO- Mixed media on digital paper

Much research has been done to address the impact of urban living to the wellbeing of our physical and mental health. The dichotomy of urban living in big cities like London offer advantages such as better healthcare,  career opportunities, education, culture and overall better standard of living.  On the other hand, urban living has been found to raise the risk of stress, anxiety and mental illness and mood disorders . Research also shows spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. By coalescing myself with nature on this project helps to remind and transport me to my relationship with the natural world, where I find healing, reawakening and the closer deeper connection with my spiritual journey with God , the Universe and Mother Nature.

TAFAKARI - Mixed media on digital paper 30x30 cm

Climate change has drastically altered weather patterns and parts of Africa are being ravaged by natural disasters at a frequency not seen in many decades. The continent is warming faster than global average.This is having a growing impact on the continent, hitting the most vulnerable hardest, and contributing to food and water insecurity, population displacement , threatening human health and safety. In recent months East Africa has seen devastating floods, mudslides, invasion of desert locusts, drought and cyclones. Women and girls are largest affected by climate change because they constitute a large percentage of the world’s poor, and about half of the women in the world are active in agriculture – in developing countries, this figure is 60%.

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