The Arts

May 7, 2024

Tiffany-Annabelle extends narrative of self-exploration, identity

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi, Arts Editor

Tiffany-Annabelle, brimming with anticipation and excitement, eagerly anticipates her first ever solo exhibition in the heart of the Nigerian capital at the prestigious Abuja Transcorp Hilton.

Titled “Women in Bloom,” the exhibition promises to delve deeper into the intricacies of empowerment and femininity. It has been scheduled for public viewing from May 9 to 16.

The eagerly awaited exhibition, with its poignant theme of growth and self-discovery, shines a spotlight on the blossoming journey of female subjects. Building on the narrative that originated from the first solo exhibition in Lagos, titled MissAligned, the show’s transformative essence lies in its profound celebration of a woman’s metamorphosis and inherent strength. “I’m still taking the audience on this journey that the women are on—a personal diary of what I’ve been going through, I guess,” she says.

The captivating narrative unfurled with her groundbreaking inaugural solo exhibition, “MissAligned,” back in 2021, immersing visitors in a compelling sojourn of self-realisation set against a backdrop of vibrant hues and poignant brushstrokes. The subsequent solo show delved deep into unravelling the fabric of the nation’s pre-election mood, illuminating the populace’s pulse amidst uncertainty.

Then, her latest exhibition, held last year in Ghana, caught the attention of the country’s first lady, who bought one of her works. “Women in Bloom,” the upcoming exhibition, exhales empowerment and purpose, reflecting the collective aspirations and triumphs blossoming from the seeds of introspection sown by these remarkable women.

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Celebrated by art aficionados seeking enlightenment and introspection, “Women in Bloom” features the artist’s ten evocative paintings, which will be complemented by a striking installation of delicate paper flowers, enhancing the immersive experience. “Everything from my custom invitations for my collectors to the setup is an extension of my vision. I wanted to do something fun and I love flowers. So, perhaps I have gone flower crazy, but I don’t care. If I could, I would cover the entire Hilton lobby with roses,” she said.

Even a casual glance at her paintings attests to her commitment to celebrating the beauty of African flora and the essence of joy and nature through her floral compositions.

Besides the in-your-face floral motifs in her paintings, she also makes use of triangles, which she uses to represent gender. “I love the various meanings of triangles,” she confirms. “I find the shape very striking. In my work, I have used it to represent gender and keep finding new ways to use it in my pieces.”

Her creative process, characterised by digital intricacies and visual storytelling, seamlessly fuses traditional Itsekiri aesthetics with modern digital techniques, reflecting a harmonious blend of heritage and innovation. Each stroke of her digital brush serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of her roots.

Drawing inspiration from the vibrant streets of Lagos and the dynamic energy of London, her art pulsates with a kaleidoscope of colours and textures, mirroring the diverse landscapes that have shaped her worldview. Through her art, she weaves a narrative that transcends geographical boundaries, inviting viewers to embark on a visual journey of self-discovery and introspection.

In each brushstroke and pixel, she captures the essence of being a dual citizen, navigating the complexities of identity with grace and poise. Her artworks stand as a poignant reminder of the power of art to transcend language and culture, communicating universal truths that resonate with audiences around the world.

As she continues to push the boundaries of digital artistry, her creations serve as a testament to the transformative power of self-expression and artistic exploration. With every new piece, she delves deeper into the recesses of her soul, unravelling the intricate layers of her identity and inviting others to embark on a similar quest for self-discovery and authenticity.