Asleep In The Heat, 2021
Indigo, oil, ink pastel and wax on canvas
Wall installation with wooden rods, 152 x 122 cm
Olulode’s paintings present candid moments of time, which appear to be centered in the midst of a longer story and history. This methodology refers to the ancient techniques of tapestries, wall hangings and drawings as a method of storytelling and archiving historical events. For the first time, Olulode is experimenting with new forms of presentation to express this new relationship between her work and these ancient methodologies - taking the paintings away from the ’ traditional’ stretched canvas on bars, to free flowing wall hangings.
In addition to the attention to the freeness of movement of the bodies Olulode illustrates in the work , her reference to traditions of old masters paintings, specifically classic European portraiture reveals her efforts to disrupt the typical methods of fine art painting and is integral to her practice.
- Pacheanne Anderson, Art Writer