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Masud Olufani

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My objects aspire to be visual poems that reach beyond themselves to reveal something meaningful about the human experience. I attempt to create work which blends formal elegance, emotional integrity, and spiritual resonance. At the core of my practice lies a belief in the power of art to lift the spirit and inspire new ways of seeing. My thematic concerns are rooted in issues such as race; social stratification; history, and the aspiration for spiritual transcendence. The oral traditions of the Deep South and West Africa weave a strong narrative thread throughout my work expressed through the implementation of new media such as audio recordings and video to articulate a conceptual idea. My devotion to craft and the slow methodical realization of an idea in visual form reflects my conviction that the maker imbues the object with spirit through physical labor, fueled by vision and creativity.

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