Samuel Nnorom, was born in 1990 in Nos Jort (Nigeria), is a multi-talented artist who seeks to explore several materials. He holds a B. Aed (sculpture major) from the University of Jos and currently concluding an MFA in sculpture from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nnorom was winner of the national art competition organized by the National Gallery of Art in 2010 and 2012. He also won prizes in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 editions of the Life in My City Art Festival. He was first prize recipient (leatherwork category) of the Icreate Africa 2019. Nnorom has received invitations to important workshops and group exhibitions, including the international art workshop by IICD at the United States Embassy, Abuja (2019), Young Contemporary 2021, published in an international magazine, UK (zine, issue 11, artist responding to issues) 2021 and recipient of 2022 ROSL and Art House Residency London, and several others. He belongs to the New Nsukka School of Art and is currently exploring Ankara fabric to explore ideas surrounding bubbles while interrogating personal experiences that relate to sociopolitical issues in Africa.
My current body of work is made from Ankara wax-fabric moulded into bubbles of various colours and sizes and meticulously stitched together. These offer a melodious convocation of textiles, painting and sculptural tapestry. I was first inspired by the aesthetics of a refuse dump site which kept me reflecting on how important those items were before they turned to waste. These thoughts, However, informed my exploration of material and techniques that confer the uncertainties of nature of life and society. Whilst, Ankara and bubbles became a medium of expressing this visual voice using actions like sewing, rolling, tying, stringing, suspending, cutting, among others, as metaphors that explicate the temporariness, permanence and liminality of the human condition.
Conceptually, the material and technique used in this series; Ankara and bubbles, drew its concepts from the vacillating origin of Ankara fabric wax to Africa while bubbles on the other hand are elements or structure that holds or store something for a while. However, this material and technique becomes the key that unlocks the impossibilities in my sculptural exploration in discussing my personal experiences.
Therefore, my studio explorations combine conceptual, intellectual and experimental energies which is carefully delineated into a visual form.