Art imitates life. Art is an expression of a view from the point of view of the artist. It is a thing of beauty and Nigerian artist Modupeola Fadugba is telling good stories with hers.
Born in Togo to Nigerian parents, Modupe spent the bulk of her growing years in the US and Rwanda. The 32-year-old multi-media artist points to the potpourri of experiences as the source of the inspiration for her works.
She has perfected her art so much so her recent body of work, Like Play Like Play, has received nothing but rave reviews as she explores different themes and employed diverse media to show how in play we can resist the suppression of freedom of expression.
“I am interested in deconstructing charged hierarchical relationships within the Nigerian context: men and women, government and citizens, group action and personal responsibility.
I intend to engage my audience in a dialogue about Nigeria’s current social and political landscape, and perhaps incite both individual and collective change,” she said on her website.
The beauty of all these is she is not trained as an artist. Modupe holds a BEng Chemical Engineering, MA Economics (University of Delaware) and MEd (Harvard University). This is a perfect example of believing in yourself enough to do that which you are in love with. Your class or type of degree should not hold you back from chasing other dreams. Chase them. Do not hold yourself back. Do not let anyone dictate what you can or cannot do.
Working hard at her trade has brought her recognition, fame, respect and also the confidence to do more work. The belief that what she is doing is appreciated. But it all boils down to her not limiting herself or letting herself be limited.