Bukola Koiki featured in Art Practical
Bukola Koiki (ACD ‘15) is featured in Art Practical’s issue called, Dimensions: Expanded Measures of Textiles.
Bukola Koiki (ACD ‘15) is featured in Art Practical’s issue called, Dimensions: Expanded Measures of Textiles. In Koiki’s piece, entitled I Claim That Which Was Never Mine, she explains her experiences with being born in Nigeria, arriving in the United States as a teenager, and how the couple of trips she’s taken back to Nigeria have stirred feelings of homesickness for her place of birth, and also the yearning to fully assimilate into American culture. This tension of strongly identifying with two cultures has inspired her current work. Koiki is making gele, a piece of material which is painstakingly folded and worn on the head by Nigerian women for rites of passage such as weddings, baptisms and funerals. Koiki has chosen Tyvek and canvas as materials that symbolize her American culture. Canvas is two-fold by not only representing American culture, but having a similar texture and feel of the Nigerian cloth called aso oke. Koiki uses various dying techniques including indigo and charcoal. Koiki wants to keep creating work which challenges the ways in which people think of traditional mediums across cultures.
Video credit: Art Practical article written by Bukola Koiki called, I Claim That Which Was Never Mine.