Unique to Onome’s practice is her manipulation of textiles to produce three-dimensional artworks. By applying self-taught practises that include sculpting, moulding and stitching materials to decorate hand drawn figures, she creates the illusion of depth and movement.
The artist was keen to explore dance in relation to textiles as a theme; how human beings occupy space while in motion and the shapes they create. She looked into the relationship between costume and dance – in particular the movement of fabric whilst in motion and how costume influences the dancer’s routine. The inspiration behind this series is contemporary dance, ballet and performance art. Onome has a particular interest in dance improvisation, an integration of techniques from ballet and modern dance. For example, the wave-like pattern design of Leap, is inspired by modern dancers who use their body weight to enhance long and fluid movement.
These illustrations are also a response to fashion imagery, seen by the artist at exhibitions, fashion shows and editorials. She looks at fashion designers that are visionaries of their craft – using clothes as a form of expression. Onome studied how fashion models use body language to sell clothes to consumers and her images reference western clothing in traditional African Print.
Inspired by world cultures, the artist’s illustrations reflect textiles in relation to societies and customs; and to a further extent examines how costume is adopted and adapted by its Diaspora. The use of the wax print - colourful cotton cloth that is hot waxed and dyed - pays homage to the artist's Nigerian ancestry. The traditional West African textiles she has encountered inspire her collages and can be purchased as limited edition fine art prints.