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Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: bridges and familiar strangers [2012] In a continued exploration of a hybrid identity, the bridge structure is representative of diasporan populations who span multiple spaces and cultures. a metaphysical or spiritual connection between here and there, is transformed into its more tangible and literal form; a bridge. oyibo is okay [2011] The desire to belong somewhere definitive, as opposed to straddling multiple cultural identities, is common amongst expatriates. The social demographic of neither here nor there is a fragile middle space to navigate. In my diaspora experience, I hone a genetic memory of West Africa, but have simultaneously formed a unique hybrid culture and identity to authenticate my existence. In my work I explore themes of authenticity, cross-cultural synapse and the migration towards or away from aspects of one’s origin. My large-scale drawings create a visual vocabulary to identify various populations and the hybrid that ensues as a cross pollination of those cultures and peoples. The imagery of these characters often reference biological organisms and processes, or mathematic functions that have the ability to both divide and multiply. Each drawing investigates the dynamic and complex relationships these distinct identities and cultures have with one another. Their visual interactions address issues of a presumed cultural hierarchy, various degrees of kinship and the isolationist desire to maintain authenticity. .
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  • A Structure Spanning + Providing Passage Over the Chasm that is Us
    2012
    Photo transfers, magazine prints, ink, metallic pigment, enamel, florescent marker, oil pastel, graphite, porcelain slip

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  • Waiting for the Queen [Familiar Stranger]
    2012
    Pencil on paper

  • Untitled Bridge #1
    2012
    Pencil, photo transfer, ink, acrylic paint

  • Untitled Bridge #2
    2012
    Ink, photo transfer

  • Red Igbo @ Elmina Castle
    2012
    Pencil, metallic pigment, ink

  • Untitled Bridge #3
    2012
    Ink

  • It's Cyclical
    2011
    Ink, metallic pigment, enamel, florescent marker, oil pastel, graphite

  • ‘X’ Marks the Spot of the Yellow Pepper
    2011
    Ink, metallic pigment, florescent marker, oil pastel, graphite, colored pencils

  • The Colony
    2011
    Ink, charcoal, graphite, chalk and oil pastels, enamel, glitter

  • Homogeny Invades Us
    2011
    Tea, ink, chalk and oil pastels, graphite, assorted pens, enamel, collaged papers

  • The Uprise of the Yellow Colony [Port-Harcourt Collision]
    2011
    Acrylic, ink, oil pastel, florescent marker, pencil

  • The Golden Passage
    2011
    Acrylic, ink, graphite, chalk and oil pastel, florescent marker

  • In the Absence of the Crown
    2011
    Charcoal and ink

  • The Door isn't the Only Way Out
    2009
    Paper, ink, porcelain slip

  • White Picket Fence
    2007
    Japanese papers, grid paper, porcelain slip, pencil, charcoal

  • Sleeping Area
    2009
    Paper, pen, pencil, porcelain slip, ink

  • Untitled [Seattle]
    2008
    Packing paper, digital print, pencil, ink, charcoal, metallic pigment, porcelain slip

  • Purgatory
    2008
    Paper, porcelain slip, ink, pencil, metallic pigment

  • Philadelphians Never Leave
    2008
    Packing paper, ink, pastels, pencil, tracing paper, corrective ribbon
 








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