You seldom find people who have known from an early age who and what they are. And that’s part of what makes Abisola K. Gbadamosi so different. Abisola is a budding artist with vision and a clear purpose.
In her chat with The Cover, Abisola shares how her journey to becoming a visual artist started and what she hopes her art will make viewers feel.
Accelerate: Why did you become an artist?
Abisola: I was definitely born this way. This has always been who I am and I’ve always known it. I started
creating from age 3. I would make things out of anything I could get my hands on— sand, plastene..you name it. I knew by 9 that I wanted to pursue this, at the very least as a hobby, despite not always having the support of people around me.
Another thing that played a big role in me becoming a professional artist was the death of my mom. She died in 2008 and I didn’t handle my loss well. I became a bit self-destructive so I started painting. I was somehow able to channel my negative energy into something creative. And it came out beautiful.
I ended up having my first exhibition in 2016 at Brick Lane Gallery, in London and though I didn’t make any sales, I loved seeing people’s reactions to my work. It gave me a deep happiness.
I’m an artist. It’s just who I am.
Accelerate: How has art helped you express what you can’t put into words?
Abisola: It’s a form of therapy. When I experienced the initial trauma from losing my mom, I couldn’t talk to anyone about what I was thinking or feeling. I’m not sure I even had the words for it. I was only 12 and everything I was feeling was new. All of my emotions were novel. In reality, how does a 12 year old child verbally express their grief or understanding of the finality of death?
For me, my subconscious mind speaks in colors. My brain speaks in colors. When I mix colors and paint it’s my subconscious mind speaking and me saying what I don’t have the words for.
Accelerate: How do you get into your creative zen?
Abisola: Music, familiar spaces and meditation help me tap into it. That’s why I still create in my bedroom and I don’t believe in the separation of spaces.
Accelerate: What characteristics must you have to be a visual artist?
Abisola: The endless desire to grow. Flexibility and passion. And graciousness…for yourself. You also have to have a strong sense of dedication and solid work ethic, which play a role in your ability to meet deadlines as at when due.
Accelerate: What’s your main medium?
Abisola: My main medium is water color. My heart isn’t drawn to acrylic or pastel. I love the fluidity water gives to colors when they meet and how sometimes their interaction isn’t predictable. Sometimes they imitate inner emotions and thoughts.
Bellas Larmes, by Abisola K. Gbadamosi
Accelerate: What do you hope to achieve through your art?
Abisola: When you create a piece of art you give it life. It’s the only thing on this earth that is like you. It’s almost godly. You’ve created an aura. I want those who patronize me to look at my piece and be reminded of the truest and sincerest emotions— security, happiness love and memorable life moments.
I want people to feel calmness and healing and laughter. I want to help people escape the dystopia in which they live and turn negative emotions into positive ones and evoke the deep and lasting feeling of self-love.
Every piece is like me writing in my diary, with each piece having its own story that I can tell. Afterall, water represents life.
Accelerate: What messages and themes guide your work? Why?
Abisola: I live by 1 Corinthians 16:14.
“And do everything with love”
Love is at the core of everything I do. For me, love is who I am.
For Abisola’s full interview, download the digital version the March Edition of The Cover, here.
By: Oladotun Adio
Photo Credit: Abisola Kuburat Gbadamosi (AKG)