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Masud Olufani

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My multidisciplinary practice explores the resonance of memory; the narrative traditions of African and African American folklore; and the fluid, expansive nature of Black vernacular expressions. I work with a disparate assortment of materials and studio methods to investigate the ways in which objects operate in both the objective and subjective realities, and how history tethers them to individual and collective memory.
My work is is often layered with multiple references which avoid trite summations. At this intersection of possibilities we are asked to choose, to interpret a set of visual indicators which point towards a direction without being didactic. It is the elasticity of the visual language; it’s ability to accommodate multiple points of view that inspires and compels me.

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