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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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