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Masud Olufani

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

I attempt to create work which blends formal elegance, emotional integrity, and spiritual resonance. My thematic concerns include issues such as race; social stratification; history, memory, and the malleability of meaning in the context of black vernacular expressions--a coded language within an existing language. The oral traditions of the Deep South and West Africa weave a consistent narrative thread throughout my work expressed by the juxtaposition of disparate materials charged with psychological, historical, and sociological implications as well as the implementation of new media--audio recordings and video--to articulate a conceptual idea. My commitment to process reflects my conviction that the maker imbues the object with spirit through physical labor, fueled by vision and creativity.

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