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For Ighiwiyisi Jacobs, it is flickering of artistic hope

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One of Ighiwiyisi’s drawings


On Sunday, August 8, 2021, Mrs. Ighiwiyisi Jacobs, Creative Director, Hermosa Boda, a spatial design service, completed what could be called a trinity of artistic expression. On that day, she was ushered into the exhibition circuit. Her show, I will not be lost, which will run till September 8, is the second to be held in that facility dedicated to artistic supplication and resonation of Erhabor Emokpae’s ingenuity.

Though while growing up, she was immersed in the art of her father, Emokpae, who passed on a year after she was born, the visual flair of her mother, Ikpakpa, a fashionista and her brother Isaac, she never saw herself as an artist.

The talent in her, however, started to manifest when she fell in love with spatial art, which eventually berthed Hermosa Boda, a custom production design and visual merchandising service.

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It was when her sister wanted a stage show of Lion King as her wedding production and finding a company to do the sketching for her was difficult. Her brother, Isaac, whom she had always relied on such occasion for intervention, was engrossed in his own project, so, there was no one to run to.

“I couldn’t draw a straight line then,” she said.
“We were fully booked and there was no one to do the artwork. I needed to put the design down for the production,” she said. “I sat down to sketch. But the impossible happened on that day, August 8, 2018. I just sat down at the table and I was drawing. I didn’t want to miss that moment.”

Ighiwiyisi saw an opening and while she didn’t build the stage for her sister’s wedding, she did script the production and so began the journey of Hermosa Boda.

“I call it an impartation. I don’t see myself as an artist but as a channel-God draws through me,” she explained. The impartation wasn’t hype. She began creating affordable and tasteful menu for art connoisseurs, which she did not make noise about. She was waiting to exhale.

Since that impartation, she has continued to increase her dedication to developing the gift that God gave her and has never looked back. Now, she’s developing a repertoire of works that are suggestive of the sublime.

“This is why the exhibition opened on August 8,” she smiled.
After some years, she has produced enough collection of exciting works of art, which are showing at Gallery At The Landmark, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Drawing inspiration from spatial design, animation and 3Ds, her debut show comes four months after her more established brother’s. She is arriving the artworld late in life.

Though she was born into an art family — father, son and daughter — she’s eager to find an artistic language for her expression of that trinity.

The debut show captures on canvass her personal journey in life. It juxtaposes detailed finishing with exquisite works of identifiable simple ingredients, tonal velocity and dreamlike canonisation of her roots.

“There are many moments of my life captured on canvas. The idea is to find specific things that are common to humanity. Everyone understands grief, heartbreak, promises and prophecies,” she said, while reflecting on the show.

To her, the solo show is to honour people, who have impacted her life, her mother, brother, father, siblings, and husband, as well as her children. Even random people who have made impacts- some negative, some positive but they have shaped her. “This exhibition is very much that. So, you will see things like Chapter Thirty-One that inculcates my father’s letter. Another work is Cheap Bleeding that captures the year my mother died. But the idea is that I find that the specific thing that we go through is general,” she said.

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The show features eight works on panel and four works on canvas such as, Who told you, you were naked? Ezra, Volo, Still breathing, Chapter 31, Sofia, My invisible man, Only sleeping, With Me, Medium, Forward and Nomose and Noma.

These works incorporate drawings and sketches. She explores impasto and expressionism, among others, with emphasis on female portraits.

“We may think the experience are unique to us but people go through the exact thing but differently. Everyone understands grief, heartbreak, promises and prophesies. We just have different ways of identifying. So, as personal as this exhibition is to me, it is very general as well,” she noted.

According to Ighiwiyisi, “I want people to see themselves and appreciate the journey. I want people to use my journey to appreciate theirs. I want people who are almost giving up on life to see that it can still get better. You can be gifted and be mediocre. You must treat that gift properly and apply yourself to it daily. If you are gifted and you put in dedication, there’s no telling where you’d go.”

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