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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ART INDIGO BLUE FACE


Indigo is a color I have come to know and love. This color was huge in the late seventies, in my home country of Nigeria.

It is a color, I remember vividly that was used on fabrics to create what we know as Adire(Tie dye) pronounced Ah-d-rear. 



This  used to be an ancient textile Art of dying pure cotton fabric for days in a dye pit dug in the ground, using natural elements that create this awesome deep dark royal blue dye. 
        

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In my early childhood in Nigeria, everywhere you turned at that time or era everyone had an Adire outfit of some sort from babies to adults.



INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 


 Entire families coordinated their "church clothes" in Indigo Adire. These days it is seen more as a native traditional outfit.
                           


 Adire textile Art, is predominantly done in the western part of Nigeria and it is an Art form passed on from generation to generation.


It is one bold dark blue that is royal and stands alone and when placed next to plain brilliant white, is transformed to a very dignified and defined color that just speaks for itself. 

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These days we see it in the resurgence of Shibori art which is also an ancient Japanese Textile Art form and  other tie dye Art and craft. For me it is part of my Nigerian culture and heritage. 





We may not all wear the Indigo trend now as that was so "seventies", this color for me is nostalgic and will be present always, with different reinventions of ways to keep it fresh and relevant.   



                                    INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 


These days, I see indigo blue been applied to pottery, Jewelry, fashion and infused into modern contemporary lifestyle and Art, it is indeed impressive.

INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 2016

 My love for this color is how bold and undying, it is for me. 

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 My personal take is simply color should represent freshness, boldness, 
nostalgia and  should define personality and 
space in its true form. I see that in Indigo.



                          INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike;



The human face is the DNA of my creative process, I am deeply interested in human emotions and how it transforms, a face and the different expressions, it evokes in the process.



INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike


 I have done quite a lot of 'Silhouettes', and faces with colors, blending and mixing both
complementary and uncomplimentary 

colors together to create artworks I refer to as 'Faces'.


                            INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 


This particular project for me is different, I wanted to show a darker facade of the human face, by using monotone color and decided that the Indigo best represented my vision for this project.  



INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 2016


The lines and emotions would really best be defined in a bold way, as I was not creating soft facial lines, but faces with chiseled and somewhat "dark" and "sinister" expressions and silhouettes. 


INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 2016


These paintings, tell a story of people at the receiving end of life's treatment, to them and how they take it is reflected on their facades.


                             INDIGO BLUE FACADE COLLAGE; Miabo Enyadike; 


 These paintings have been represented in a collage form, in a way that we don't have to ask questions, but can truly imagine their state of being or mind by just looking.........Enjoy


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Miabo Enyadike
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