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Original created in Acrylics and Colored pencil on paper
Otjize is the red ochre conditioner that protects the Himba people of Namibia that is applied to the skin and hair. The hair takes on a sculptural rope like quality, with the ends being free for new growth.
The richness of the diaspora amazes me, when I look at a similar technique of box braids and twists where the ends are left untied. As I created this piece, I meditated on the ingenuity of Black people who often feel lost in the diaspora, being able to find their way back subconsciously even down to hair braiding traditions.
Odera Igbokwe is an illustrator and painter located in Vancouver, BC by way of Brooklyn, NY. Odera loves to explore storytelling through Afro-diasporic mythologies, Black resilience, and magical girl transformation sequences. Their work alchemizes color, movement, and queer magic to weave together ancient narratives with Afrofuturist visions. As a freelance illustrator, Odera works with clients and galleries to create work that is deeply personal, soulful, and intersectional.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.