‘Errant Signal’ by Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe
Artist: Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe
Title: ‘Errant Signal’
Medium: Gouache, coloured pencil, acrylic and polymer clay on paper
Dimensions: Artwork Size: 11.5″ x 10.5″ (Paper size: 14.5″ x 13.5″)
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
Ada peered into the swirling vortex nervously. The instructions had been pretty clear, she was sure she’d gotten it right this time! And yet, something didn’t seem quite right…
“Continuing with my dimensional artwork explorations, I decided to try out combining sculpture with paper this time! I really enjoyed the messiness and tactility of the creative process here, and the resulting combination of the hard, smooth clay against the soft, textured paper is really fascinating to me. Somehow, looking at it reminds me of childhood days spent making crafts at the dining table.” – Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe
About the Artist:
Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe is a Nigerian-Canadian artist/illustrator currently based in BC, Canada. While her parentage is Nigerian, she was born outside of their homeland, and went on to experience multiple cultures throughout her childhood and early adulthood.
As an immigrant artist, she wrestles with the concept of community and identity, both within herself and in the work she creates, and strives to create representation for voices (particularly Black and/or LGBTQ+ women) who are often pushed out of positive, empowering narratives.
But also echoing throughout her work is a love for the whimsical, ethereal visions of the fairy tales and folk stories she grew up immersed in. From her passion for rich, vibrant colours, to the love of elaborate ornamentation, her varying homes have moulded her creative perspective in strong ways.
Though she is currently currently building her life in Canada, these roots continue to weave themselves throughout each piece she creates. In combining all these influences she hopes to create artwork that is both uplifting and whimsical, a respite from life’s rigors.