Orry Shenjobi holds solo exhibition

by Araayo Akande

‘The Beauty Within the Struggle’, a solo exhibition by Orry Shenjobi will hold from December 18 to 24 at Angels and Muse Art Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Shenjobi, the Creative Director of Studio Orry, is a unique storyteller who combines art and photography to create strikingly demonstrative pieces. Her artistic process involves the creation of unique and realistic mixed material designs using a new and unrefined technique.

Her simple pieces of art are inspirational, crisp visuals and realistically created to showcase the depths of individualistic identity.

The creatively curated collection showing in the exhibition tells the beautiful story of Nigerians and their remarkable resilience in the face of unconventional situations. The solo exhibition will also showcase realistic designs created with a fresh and unrefined technique.

While the first two days of the show are for the media and VIPs, the remaining days are dedicated to art enthusiasts.

Commenting on her creative process and the show, Shenjobi, who holds a degree in Product Design from the University of Leeds, said: “I hope to explore the depths of individualistic identity – the connections between society and self, whilst using prevalent social issues as a backdrop. From the everyday lives of the unheard to the shared struggles of a collective, I capture these moments. By exploring the myriad of hopes, dreams, and fears of said individuals, I emphasize a sense of unity in uniqueness amongst these narratives. And this concept of unified individuality is made apparent in my work”.

She added that “through the calculated use of materials and seamless weaving of media, I challenge my audience to question their preconceived notions. Thus, provoking many to embark on a personal discovery journey through unexplored territories. It is my way of inviting my audience to be co-creators with me and witness the multidimensionality of life.”

Shenjobi’s immersive visual rendition focuses on captivating real-life pieces showcasing parts of Lagos, including Makoko. Her art highlights the beauty found despite difficult and unconventional situations.

As an advocate of female representation in and exposure to art, Shenjobi is a co-founder of ‘Women in Art’, a digital platform focused on featuring the works of women passionate about their art.

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