Ije Contemporary Artist in Warwickshire

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"A notion of sense as a new sensibility that through encounters produces a thinking that moves, is alive, uncontained, nomadic... A form of encounter activated precisely & only though patterns, repetitions, series & flights"  

(Golding, J. The Shadow of Akimbo Corporations; Arched Athleticism and the Becoming Human of 'a People'

 

 

Ije (pronounced – Eee J). I live and work in Rugby, Warwickshire and have an MA Fine Art from Birmingham City University

A conceptual/expressionist mixed practice artist: painting, poetry, installation, printing, photography, film and curation. Undertaking durational activity in the landscape, I wonder about what went before me and what may lie ahead; I wonder about the relationships between land, sky, water and inhabitants; I wonder about potentials, about change, about impacts of voices on the wind or echoes of a footfal. My work seeks to reshape embodied notions, respond to encounters with time, space and place through making and documenting; generating works activated through gesture, texture, layering, repetition, colour and reflectivity.

My paintings vary in size, most often on a larger scale and are rhizomatically connected through conceptual series. When painting I work predominantly in acrylics and oils with the addition of other materials such as yarn, textiles, found/recycled objects like swarf, wire and glass; sparkly reflective things to create tactile, highly textured and vibrant works. I also experiment with sculpture and textiles; with Phoems - photographs from activities interwoven with my poetry; with film and installations, using written and video documentation from my activities / making, memory and fabrication.

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"It is our habit to think outdoors - walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful."   

(Nietzsche, F. The Gay Science)

 

 

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Latest Work

  • EMBEDDED IN THE FLESH OF THE WORLD 2 detail D
  • Description:

    Oil, marker pen, recycled velvet, mirror glass, plstic and swarf on linen

    2018; w 206 x h 125 x d 4 cm; metalled wood floater frame; SOLD

    PFHOEM (painting poem)

    Embedded in the flesh of the world / Rapt, wrapped in the elasticity of libidinal skin / Your skin is warm and glowing, inviting me to touch / I can only feel you because I am different to you / I can’t feel what you feel / I take pleasure in the not quite meeting of our skin / Maelstrom of thoughts flocking like birds / Swooping and swerving, becoming new meanderings