Video Gallery: Olumide

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Pronounced “O-lu-me-day” Yoruba means “God has arrived. ”

“Olumide” was a friend of Sola. In my mind, the children are not siblings but companions, living the same experience. The boy was created first. The boy was created first. I envisioned him one way, and he came out with his own features. By this time–I believed that there were millions of souls in Heaven watching and cheering as I created these works–so I think he “came through” as he should. On his back are bas-relief images of African masks, art that is indigenous to their homeland and was seen commercially in America until well after the third quarter of the 20th century.

Enslaved Africans Rain Garden

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