ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015

ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015
19 November - 19 December 2015
Installation View
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Ada and Audre, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Dangerous [Alien] Women, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
96.52 x 127cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Fluidly Grounded, 2015
Graphite, ink and photo transfers
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
kisses at a beach with a hammock for audre [to learn to pray], 2014
Graphite, ink, colored pencils, fluorescent acrylic, photo transfers
243.84 x 182.88 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Audre, ever cool. Ada holds Midnight , 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Chasing relentlessly after fading things - The Birth of BLACK, audre marries its indigenous self - Shadows validate existence (ada and Twin find ground), 2014
Pencil, ink, pens, photo transfers, collage
203 x 528.5 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
with the galaxy beneath her, she remembered the magic of soaring amidst coconut clouds, 2014
Pencil, ink, photo transfers
203 x 266 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
The Sun's Sister, 2015
Graphite, ink and photo transfers
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Their heart, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
When farewells become fantasies or sweet mundanes, 2015
Graphite, ink, colored pencils and collage paper
96.52 x 127cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Baptized (the others are with you always), 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and enamel
Work: 130 x 97 cm Frame: 149 x 118 x 5 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Growable walls and keke doors (galaxies hover over roadside nurseries), 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Kin folk (Part A), 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Bridged [the ocean only loves, never divides], 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils
Work: 127 x 96.5 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
The way you think is like a wing, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
Work: 127 x 96.5 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Trampoline Ceilings NFS, 2015
Graphite, ink and enamel
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
The weight of nothing [even plants fly] NFS, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils
96.52 x 127cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
While a ghost balanced galaxies, She remained unmoved, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015 - Installation View

19 November - 19 December 2015

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Ada and Audre

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Dangerous [Alien] Women

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Fluidly Grounded

ruby onyinyechi amanze

kisses at a beach with a hammock for audre [to learn to pray]

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Audre, ever cool. Ada holds Midnight

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Chasing relentlessly after fading things - The Birth of BLACK, audre marries its indigenous self - Shadows validate existence (ada and Twin find ground)

ruby onyinyechi amanze

with the galaxy beneath her, she remembered the magic of soaring amidst coconut clouds

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The Sun's Sister

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Their heart

ruby onyinyechi amanze

When farewells become fantasies or sweet mundanes

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Baptized (the others are with you always)

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Growable walls and keke doors (galaxies hover over roadside nurseries)

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Kin folk (Part A)

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Bridged [the ocean only loves, never divides]

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The way you think is like a wing

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Trampoline Ceilings NFS

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The weight of nothing [even plants fly] NFS

ruby onyinyechi amanze

While a ghost balanced galaxies, She remained unmoved

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
19 November – 19 December 2015

An odd combination of two essential elements, SALT WATER symbolizes the diffuse and mysterious realm inhabited by ruby onyinyechi amanze’s cohort of hybrid forms. In her first solo show at the Goodman Gallery, amanze’s large-scale drawings foreground her concern with metamorphosis and imagination as a lense through which multiple and often, disparate layers of meaning, histories, and forms can be simultaneously read.

The world within the drawings, alludes to a non- specific, boundaryless place and time. Instead, there is a sense of exemption, as detached characters float in a vast timeless expanse. Existing somewhere between constructed reality, fantasy, memory and imagination, these distinct beings find authenticity, wholeness and freedom in their ability to equally belong nowhere and everywhere.

With a background in textiles, photography and printmaking, amanze’s current practice is deeply centered in her first love, drawing. There is an ephemeral quality to her drawing and she delights in the materiality of her medium (mainly, paper, graphite ink and photo transfers). Seen in the gallery, her organic forms, hybrid anatomies, and graphic patterns coalesce in capricious narratives that no digital reproduction can match.

For amanze the work is “as much about beauty and make-believe, as it is a commentary on cultural hybridity” and it “isn’t social science, it’s magic-realism and the power of drawing to invent worlds for ourselves.” SALT WATER offers a metaphor through which to understand the oddity, absurdity, subtlety and power of elements that naturally co-exist in the world.

amanze is a Nigerian-born artist, who spent her formative years in Britain before relocating to the United States. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City. amanze graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) in 2006 and in 2012/2013, was a Fulbright Scholar Recipient in Art at the University of Nigeria. amanze has been included in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria, US, the UK, and the Netherlands.

ruby onyinyechi amanze

ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a Brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian descent and British upbringing whose creative practices and processes focus on producing mixed media, paper-based drawings and works. Her art draws inspiration from photography, textiles, architecture and print-making.

In her approach to art, amanze’s body of work establishes an introspective dialogue and personal quest in an attempt to materialise her experience of displacement and dislocation. The motifs and symbols of amanze’s works create non-linear narratives which articulate and delve into ideas surrounding free play as an act of revolution and post-colonial, non-nationalism as an accepted norm in western societies.

Most recently, amanze completed two-year long residencies at the Queens Museum and as part of the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program, both in New York. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lagos, London, Johannesburg and Paris, and nationally at the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center and the Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2019, amanze was named the Deutsche Bank Featured Artist at Frieze New York.

amanze relocated to the United States to study a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude and continued her academic career obtaining a Masters degree in Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Recognised for her academic excellence, in 2012-2013, amanze was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars award and was hosted by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

amanze currently resides between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but calls multiple places home.