Art Fairs

FIAC OVR 2021

2 - 7 March 2021

 

For its participation in the first edition of FIAC OVR, Tiwani Contemporary is delighted to present works by Virginia Chihota, Charmaine Watkiss and Michaela Yearwood-Dan.

 

 

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Virginia Chihota
Introspective in nature, Virginia Chihota's work is deeply influenced by personal experiences - landmark and everyday. In a reflection on intimacy and the human figure, she has addressed themes such as childbearing, childrearing, marriage, kinship, bereavement and faith. At once mundane and transcendental, rife with allusions to everyday life, and religious and folkloric symbolism, her large works on paper display a raw, expressionist verve and a striking grace in the elaborate use of patterns, textures and layers. Having trained as a printmaker, Chihota’s use of screen-printing is as confident as it is original. She mixes printing techniques with drawing to produce unique works of striking formal complexity. They often depict the female form blending into near abstraction, and bodies caught in strange embraces evoking a figural union; along with an iconographic repertoire which points towards the domestic whilst emphasising connectedness and collectivity. Chihota's work highlights the ways in which the female agency disrupts borders and activates concerns around different forms of belonging. Subjectivity emerges as a concept embedded in notions of interrelatedness. Chihota's presentation at FIAC OVR coincides with her ongoing commission for Opera de Paris’s production of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, which opened to the public in Paris, France in February 2021.

Charmaine Watkiss

The work of Charmaine Watkiss addresses themes including diaspora, ritual, tradition, ancestry and cosmology. Her interest in the usage of blue stems from her research into the long history of indigo including its production on the plantations of colonial America and Caribbean and sacred use in ancient African cultures, particularly with reference to the funerary rites, spiritual beliefs and cosmologies of West African and ancient Egyptian cultures. She draws connections between ancient tradition, knowledge and our lives - asking what role ritual and its practice plays in contemporary experience.

 

Michaela Yearwood-Dan

Michaela Yearwood-Dan is London-based painter whose work explores ideas around class, race, gender, culture and nature. Her work is inspired by personal stories of love, loss and self-reflection all whilst remaining playful and light-hearted. Her vibrant and luxurious style is underpinned by an expansive repertory of cultural signifiers, borrowing freely from millennial culture, blackness and feminism: texting, acrylic-nails, gold-hoops, carnival culture, and a lush, omnipresent flora which evokes seeding, propagation, growth and alludes to the intimate, infinite possibilities of a diaspora.

 

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