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Agusto's practice is underpinned by a complex network of ideas which she displays in the mind map, Realm of Interest 1.3, below.
Agusto recalls allowing her subconscious to lead the way in the making of one of her earlier works and letting those choices trickle down into later works.
"I try to balance research, critical thinking and intuition. Sometimes, I allow myself to make an artistic choice without knowing why (yet). I remember making Introspection Within The Mental Landscape (2018). It was one of those pieces I didn't plan; I was just compelled to make it. After a few hours, I was left with this assemblage depicting a younger version of myself reaching for something within what felt like a rainforest. I knew I did not completely understand it but I also knew I felt strangely connected to it.
I travelled to Benin City two years later for my maternal grandmother's funeral. Watching the city pass by while seated in the backseat of the car, I saw this one tree and a sixteen-year-old memory suddenly hit me like a brick. It was the same type of tree that was in the front yard of the first home I lived in. I believe it was a large ficus tree that had long, thin branches that stretched down to the reach of my four-year-old self. I remembered constantly going outside to pull on those strings and play with the leaves. That was the scene I had subconsciously captured fourteen years later in Introspection Within The Mental Landscape.
The vertical hanging braids in later works are a nod to this tree."
On the role of language in creating the inhabitants of Within.