Many great artists claim that their greatest artistic endeavors were lurked upon merely by accident. Rising Nigerian artist, Olarinde Ayanfeoluwa, also believes that her genius of creation was only met with because of sheer coincidence.
Previously being a pencil artist, the 22-year-old discovered scribble art while attending an artists’ workshop in 2015. With scribbling being an unorthodox method of expression, Olarinde is effectively using it to highlight social challenges faced by Nigerians as a whole. She also doodles to create portraits of people as well as images of cartoons.
“I was really frustrated because there was so much pressure on me, so I just picked up a pen as that was the only thing I could find around me, being that I was a pencil artist I had to use pen to draw so I was frustrated and then I just started doing ‘jagajaga, (rubbish) and in my ‘jagajaga’ I saw a face and I said Oh, wow, then I moved on from there. So afterwards, I started building on scribble art, I started mastering it and then I figured that it was a better way for me to express myself,” she said.
After developing her prowess as a scribble artist, she went on to produce around a 100 pieces in the past two years and has sold each for atleast $140 or more, depending on size. Her “Up NEPA” series has received recognition from all across Africa for it is a sardonically satirical collection about regular power shortages experienced in the west of the nation.
She believes that through her creations she is exposing the lies of the government. “I decided to tell one of the lies the government told us. All these our politicians they come in and they tell us that they are going to give us light, stable electricity and all of that.
So this is an art work that actually shows a normal…like an average youth screaming “Up NEPA (National Electric Power Authority,” says Olarinde. With politics and social problems being central to her previous constructions, she is now focusing on a new series of doodles based on a music genre that was popular in the late 1900’s in Africa.
Having landed a degree in microbiology only last year, she is optimistic about her art and its future, so much so that she aims to encourage the youth of Africa to not only consider scribbling but to foster other and uncommon ways of self-expression aswell.