Monday 26 November 2018

Sami's art of '...Beautiful Life' celebrates courage

From Hafsat Sani Sami's Imagining A Beautiful Life exhibition.

From the increasingly sorrowful muddy world, Hafsat Sani Sami's debut solo art exhibition distils hope and inspires direction towards self-discovery.

Largely celebrating women of courage and inspiration in visual contents, the exhibition titled Imagining A Beautiful Life is currently showing till November 30, 2018 at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18, Libreville Street, Wuse, Abuja. Sami is an artist who is currently undergoing textile and interior architecture disciplines.

With background in design, Sami enriches her canvas in simplified visual expression of pop art. Among such paintings for the exhibition is 'The Warrior', a 2016 figure whose mental preparedness for the future is alive in her bold eye balls. The artist likens 'The Warrior's mission to that of water, of which "individual drop" chooses where to go "and what form" it wishes to take.  And despite being enamoured in cultural or traditional look, Sami's woman of strength declares: "I want to flow freely". In proper character appropriation, the figure's cheek bones and body frame suggest how much of creativity the artist invests in articulating her concept.

In other pieces such as 'The Nurtured", 'The Healer', 'The Observer' and 'The Inituitive', among others, Sami retains the same template in her expression of inspirational visual imageries. However, each work, in thematical context, exposes the cultural activism strength of the artist. Also, her canvas, flavoured and spiced with motifs as well as leafy contents add to the depth of creativity.

As an artist who claimed being lost in the midst of "darkness and might, truth and illusion", Sami rejoiced that in painting she "found "home" where her true self is discovered. Her art, she declared reveals "where I am headed and what I deserve".

Excerpts from Hafsat Sani Sami's bio: "Hafsat is a creative artist and designer who was born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria. She is the CEO and Creative director of Kweyvè and Kweyvè Textiles.

Hafsat is a graduate of Business Management from Coventry University, England, and currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of art University, San Francisco, United States.
 'Hafsah has created a successful and thriving creative brand - Kweyvè - which focuses on products and services that celebrate true culture and her passion for the arts. As a painter, textile artist and furniture as well jewellery designer, Hafsat is paving the way for African jewellery creatives. She personally developes all Kweyvè pieces from her love of art, and African culture, combined with an eclectic, futuristic interpretation of what a bold African woman should be. She recently collaborated with UNICEF on the: "UNICEF girls thing- something about inspiring young females"; and participated at the tedxmaitama.

Kweyvè T-shirts are stocked on American fashion platform- Pop Caven; in Le Rouge ....; and her paintings can be hanging among the works of other Nigerian artists on the walls of world renowned art gallery, Thought Pyramid".
 -Tajudeen Sowole. 

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