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She is currently working on a sculptural piece, which requires suspension on chains. But the person responsible for bringing those chains has failed to show up and has called to give Peju excuses that she finds infuriating.

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The Canada Goose Outlet artist is in the middle of wrapping up a few projects before leaving Nigeria for a prestigious residency in the United States, hence the hurried footsteps around the two storey home that doubles up as her studio.

In a crescent Canada Goose sale of identical canada goose factory sale beige houses within Lekki, a middle class suburb of Lagos, Peju’s house stands out. A giant mask adorns the front canada goose black friday sale of the building a metal sculpture of a woman with tribal marks.

The house itself could be seen as a metaphor for the Nigerian artist in her homeland. “I can’t do what everyone else is doing,” Peju states matter of factly.

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canada goose jacket outlet store The artist originally faced opposition to her chosen career. Her father saw art as a waste of time, preferring that his daughter pursue what he perceived as a more economically stable profession. “Two years before he died, he had a change of heart,” she recalls. “It’s funny how I could be so independent and think that I am so confident but still need my father’s approval.” canada goose jacket outlet store

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canada goose outlet real She chose to train as an architect at university and she cherishes that time to this day. “Architecture teaches you how to see,” Peju explains. “[It] got me really disciplined. With architecture you work with time, you work with very tangible ideas. Architecture actually teaches a method of thinking that I don’t regret. It’s very logical, and I approach life canada goose uk shop that way.” canada goose outlet real

But Peju is adamant that she didn’t “become” an artist. “I never got into art, I was always an artist. I always loved to paint, I always loved canada goose store to draw and make things. My interest was always in being creative.”

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canada goose outlet black friday sale It was, however, only after seeing an canada goose uk black friday exhibition in Lagos by Nigerian artist David Dale, that a 15 year old Peju realised that art was a viable profession. “I thought people were just born creative and it was just an existence. I thought it’s like being born tall or short until I went to a gallery and then I saw people sell [art]. I was really surprised.” canada goose outlet black friday sale

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Peju would also regularly visit Jakande, a crafts market in Lagos, where she would spend time with the artisans sculpting objects, painting and piecing together jewellery. buy canada goose jacket cheap This community of creatives Canada Goose Coats On Sale provided her training, canada goose she says.

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But, today, her interdisciplinary work has garnered attention on a global stage. Bomi Odufunade, director of cheap canada goose uk global art advisory Dash Rallo, describes her conceptual practice, drawing on symbolism and literature, as “very unique”.

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