Pencil Crayon, Wax Print Fabric on Water Colour Paper
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The theme behind ‘Cirque’ explores forms and postures found in contemporary choreography and is influenced by the narrative and attire of traditional circus performance. These works look to capture the space of human motion and highlight the relationships between costume and the shapes performers create.
Onome was keen to explore costume in contemporary circus, in particular the performers clothing in Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Nouveau, where costume plays an integral part to the theme and storyline of the performance. These new works reference the theatrical, character-driven approach of storytelling and like contemporary circus, aims to draw the audience into the performance.
Influenced by traditional West African textiles, the use of wax print fabric - colourful cotton cloth, hot waxed and dyed (Batik Printing) pays homage to both the artist's Nigerian ancestry and the colour and design patterns of contemporary circus costume. Fabrics with similar shapes and motifs were sourced in London and Ghana. The vibrancy of the textiles lends itself well to the collages buoyant circus theme.