BUNMI AGUSTO

Agusto is a fan of storytelling of both underdocumented histories and fictional narratives. In her practice, she combines these interests to depict mutated figures existing in an imaginary nation. In her few years of researching cultural theory, Agusto's main observation is that in order for hybridity to exist, there must first be an encounter between an incumbent culture and an alien culture. Drawing on the biological and cultural connotations of these terms, 'alien' and 'hybrid', she utilises surrealist traditions to create hybrids that combine the human form with elements she deems integral to her cultural consciousness as a Nigerian who was born and raised in Lagos.

 

From a tongue transformed into the tail of an Agama lizard to a second set of eyes nestled within tribal marks, these mutated subjects go on to form eight fictional clans, all of whom worship the First Alien as the ancient ancestor that caused their existence. Within Agusto's mixed media works, the First Alien is illustrated as a reconfiguration of the human form that constantly captures the attention of hybrids and humans alike. The hybrids' fixation is rooted in ancestral yearning whilst the humans' is rooted in exoticism.

Braided Cocoons

Braided Cocoons

2021 Pastel pencils on sandpaper & acrylic and coloured pencils on paper 23.4 x 16.5 inches

Between the Cornrows: Immigrant & Children

Between the Cornrows: Immigrant & Children

2021 Pastel pencils on sandpaper & acrylic and coloured pencils on paper 23.4 x 16.5 inches

Between The Cornrows: Solo Ijapa

Between The Cornrows: Solo Ijapa

2021 Pastel pencils on sandpaper & acrylic and coloured pencils on paper 23.4 x 16.5 inches

Bathtime

Bathtime

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 8 x 10 inches

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 16 x 20 inches

Baptism In Fluid Ground

Baptism In Fluid Ground

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 16 x 20 inches

An Alien Resurgence

An Alien Resurgence

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 16 x 20 inches

An Alien History

An Alien History

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 20 x 16 inches

Beyond Metamorphosis

Beyond Metamorphosis

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 20 x 16 inches

Deep-Rooted

Deep-Rooted

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 20 x 16 inches

The Regent

The Regent

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Braided Tears

Braided Tears

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

The Blinded

The Blinded

2020 Pastel pencils, ink and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

The Elf

The Elf

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Ijapa

Ijapa

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Tropical Hybrid

Tropical Hybrid

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Agama

Agama

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Carry It On Your Head

Carry It On Your Head

2020 Pastel pencils and acrylic on Ampersand board 10 x 8 inches

Tell Me Your Biography

Tell Me Your Biography

2018 Pastel pencils on pastel card & ink on paper 35.4 x 25.6 inches

Introspection Within The Mental Landscape

Introspection Within The Mental Landscape

2018 Pastel pencils on card, Dutch wax print, synthetic grass & acrylic on canvas 19.7 x 7.9 inches

Introspection Illusion

Introspection Illusion

2018 Pastel pencils on pastel card, cardboard on paper

Hell Is Other People

Hell Is Other People

2016 Pastel pencils on card, Dutch Wax Print, paper and oil on canvas

Hustle Study

Hustle Study

2016 Pastel pencils on card