Sunday, 2 October 2016
This is a work in progress started in August 2016.
So far I had been producing drawings as resolutions of emotions as I experienced them. I would experience the physical sensation of the emotion and come with a very specific image as I processed it.
This series represents a new way of producing drawings. The images seem to be coming as a continuity through time, like an underlying currant, telling stories about a woman living in a river, under water. As my drawings tend to be very autobiographical, they may be following how I experience the autumn and winter seasons which are times of recoiling. A few walks along the river Trent and at the Attenborough reserve brought to me the smell of the water, the life of the fauna and flora ... and its decomposition into mud. The mud and life cycles seem to be of great meaning here.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Monday, 5 September 2016
Deep Sea is the culmination of a three-week residency, which was awarded to Djiakoua as the Surface Gallery prize for the Nottingham Castle Open 2015.
Deep Sea is a show concerned with the migrant crisis, colonisation and imperialistic values. Using large scale drawings and ink paintings, tinted fabric and sound installation, the exhibition evokes the struggles of opposing forces at work within the world. The overwhelming presence of the colour blue reminds us of the deep seas and the fluid and sensual qualities of water. The exhibition offers many levels of readings, with references to feminist French philosopher Luce Irigaray and also Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is a show to be experienced both sensually and intellectually.
Deep Sea includes a specially commissioned sound piece by filmmaker and creative writer Ioney Smallhorne.
Opening Night: Friday 9th September, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 10th-24th September
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell road, Nottingham NG1 1DL r