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Gallery Talks: In Conversation with Jane Agolia

As part of our group exhibition, 'Interconnected' hosted in collaboration with Arneli Art Gallery, we explore each artist's creative process and the underlying themes reflected in their works in our recent Gallery Talk series. Featured artists respond to selected questions, sharing core parts of their works and themselves as they invite us into their world.

Jane Agolia, from Bakana in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State is a graduate from the department of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Port Harcourt. She further proceed to train as a painter at the Universal Studios of Art in Lagos, Nigeria; under the tutelage of established artists, Abiodun Olaku and Joshua Nmesirionye.

Inspired largely by cubism, Agolia's art takes on an evolving experimental form as she attempts to develop her artistic repertoire, which she calls ‘plastograph’.

Jane Agolia has participated in several exhibitions in Port Harcourt, Rivers state and several other states across Nigeria.

What sort of experimentation has led you to your current style as an artist?

Trying to create a style for my Art with different mediums which is similar to cubism

Why did you start making art? How did you kickstart your artistic endeavour?

I had difficulties in communicating and expressing myself as a child. I draw to express more

What inspires your style?

I was obsessed with healing emotional trauma,creating painting that relates with hope and justice, speaking for the silents and most importantly sharing my life experience with the world.which lead to the birth of PLASTOGRAPH: It is a self ordained style which was originated by my life experiences. an experiment inspired by cubism combined with loss of expression, that helps the affected to heal and the unknown to be known.

What other artists, genres or movements do you draw inspiration from?

Mostly emotional stories from different individuals.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?

I take a tour around my environment and listen to documentaries

What ultimate messages do your creative expressions convey?

It creates hope for the hopeless and awareness to those that can speak for themselves.

Are there any thoughts you wish to share in relation to the theme of interconnectedness? (the impact the global events of the last 3 years have had in your artistic endeavours as a female artist)

It inspired my creative senses and encourages me to work harder and a female Artist

Are there recurring themes in your work, or any that have emerged as your work has evolved?

My upcoming theme is name (ELEVATION) It’s a series of paintings that tells the story of an abused wife and child, how they recovered mentally and physically and how justice eventually prevails.

If you could change one aspect of society or social issues through your work, what would it be?

I will gladly enforce the law on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

What are you working on now and next?

I’m currently working on a series of paintings called ‘ELEVATION’.

INTERCONNECTED - A group exhibition of 18 women artists from across Africa and the Middle East; showcasing 36 works in a variety of mediums and perspectives outlined in paintings, mixed media and digital art. Bordering between the known and the unknown, abstraction and figuration; the selected artists examine the interconnected complexities of human experience detailed through distinct artistic styles and approaches - in personal theory and form.

Visit exhibition here.


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