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The Fragility of Humanity

Forme Femine presents 'The Fragility of Humanity' by Nigerian artist Janet Adebayo. Adebayo's paintings explore human existence, delving into familial bonds, personal evolution, and life's ephemerality. Her 'mosaic skin' technique portrays vulnerability, embracing darkness and light.

Forme Femine is pleased to present 'The Fragility of Humanity,' featuring Janet Adebayo.
This exhibition explores the delicate nature of human existence through a selection of paintings. Adebayo invites viewers to contemplate the duality and vulnerability of the human condition. She delves into the realms of familial bonds, personal evolution, and the ephemeral nature of existence.

Adebayo's distinctive technique, characterized by her 'mosaic skin' and exaggerated features, has been a journey of self-discovery, a visual symphony that echoes the path to enlightenment. This artistic evolution is not confined by limitations but is an ever-unfolding exploration, much like the multifaceted human experience itself.

This collection is a confessional journey into the depths of her soul, where personal development intertwines with the fragile emotions and dynamics that shape our existence. Adebayo's exploration of pain, family, identity, and the human condition is expressed through her unique artistic style, characterized by her evolving signature "mosaic skin" technique. Through this exceptional display of acrylic works on canvas and traditional scroll, Adebayo invites us to confront the truths, vulnerabilities, and fantasies that define our collective humanity.

The Fragility of Humanity is a reminder that we are all fragile beings, susceptible to pain, loss, and suffering. Yet, despite our fragility, we are also capable of great love, compassion, and strength. Janet’s work dissects the human spirit in all its complexity, reminding us of our shared humanity and the importance of connection.

Her canvases bear witness to the depths of her psyche, divulging her intimate moments, traumas, and revelations. The artist does not shy away from the darker aspects of life; rather, she uses them as the foundation for constructing fantastical realms that offer a transient refuge from the harshness of reality.

Her approach is akin to a poignant and courageous examination of her own upbringing, a society shaped by rigid beliefs and conventions that has prompted her to scrutinize these constructs. 'The Fragility of Humanity' encapsulates the inherent vulnerability that lurks within us all, exposing the chinks in our armor and inviting us to confront our own humanity.

The deliberate omission of eyes in her portraits challenges the conventional notion that the eyes are the window to one's heart, compelling us to consider the universality of human emotions that transcend mere visual expression. Good and bad experiences also serve as the inspirational fuel for Adebayo's creations, allowing her to channel her emotions and experiences into her artwork.

"The Fragility of Humanity,” invites us to contemplate the questions that Adebayo's work raises. What does it mean to be human in the 21st century, and how do we navigate the fragility of our existence? Can we truly embrace our individuality and identity in a world defined by societal norms and expectations?

The exhibition opens online on Artsy from Nov 4, 2023 to December 5, 2023


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