Substantial Threads Art Opening June 28, 2019
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About The Event
Abena Motaboli is a Southern African born artist currently living in Chicago. She Lived in Lesotho, a landlocked country in Southern Africa through her formative years and moved with her family to the U.S to pursue her BFA. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago and at L'institut Catholique de Paris.
Growing up in international schools, communities, and being an immigrant, she is strongly influenced by the diversity of people, the other, the uncanny, and ideas of human resilience seen through human movement across territories.
Often times her works make use of material referencing her culture and the importance of following the abstract lines of nature. As a result, most of her artworks try to offer a space to contemplate, exist in, meditate, or to realize the impermanent nature of everyday situations and life.
I create atmospheric spaces that invites emotion and contemplation. My artwork effortlessly casts an overarching femininity that challenges the imagination to explore both what is seen and unseen. Through my creative process, I fuse the energy of nature with the inherent emotions of color. With native textures and nuances, I employ the natural surface of wood to further cultivate the emergence of organic goals. I hope the viewer is pleasantly surprised by my divergence from the predictable into the unexpected.