Osimili: Nnenna Okore

Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce Nnenna Okore: Osimili. The Nigerian raised Fulbright Fellow’s exhibition of abstract, richly textured wall sculptures from recycled materials is on view through July 22, 2017.


Metaphorically speaking, Osimili, the Igbo word for a huge body of water, alludes to the fluidity and volatility of life.  By referencing organic elements in nature, such as roots, veins, and flora, the works highlight the complex dynamism of our cosmic existence – the animistic force that breathes life into matter.  The inference to water underscores the phenomenon of transience and transformation.  This exhibition will express the theatrics of movement and flow, and the subtle reflections of aging, fragility, decay, materiality and ephemerality.