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Ailumina Onugomnia

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  • Ailumina Onugomnia, 594 x 841 mm
  • The drawing portrays an architecture student at the American University of Sharjah.
    I wanted to present my subject in a way that would challenge his friends and family. Inspired by the notion of an architectural section, my concept was to show "what was happening on the inside". The two main columns symbolize the student's parents as fundamental characters in his life. I felt a need to portray his relationship with them. I decided to place emphasis on the detail surrounding the "mother" column - after all, she had made the most impact in his life. The clarity in detail symbolizes how much he has learnt from her, with streaks of light coming in portraying hope and optimism. Having been absent for most his life, the "father" side of the image is seen as unfinished and wanting. Despite the exterior appearing finished, the jaggedness on the inside serves as a constant reminder of where he came from. Ailumina Onugommnia is an anagram for " I am Ali Aminu Monguno"
    The project won 3rd prize in the Fine Arts category at the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award in 2012.