Suowari's work considers the aesthetics of indigenous Nigerian cultures, using the female body to destigmatize taboo subjects such as depression, grief and shame
Born and based in Nigeria, Jacqueline Suowari is a full-time ballpoint pen artist and draughtswoman. Her foray into art began at age five and for the past decade, she has stunned her ardent collectors with magnetic pieces which over time, have grown larger than life. Jacqueline is motivated by the power inherent in the intriguing art of drawing.
Suowari has participated in select group exhibitions in her country and has been featured in notable domestic publications including Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah’s book “The Art of Nigerian Women”, which chronicles some of the best artists Nigeria has to offer.
Least Resistance, 2021
Ballpoint pen, ink, Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Archival Paper
In each painting, Jacqueline combines various elements of design to share her experiences and inspiration with the viewers. The thousands of ballpoint pen strokes which make up every single piece of her work, reveal the countless hours which it takes to achieve perfection in her eyes, with a single piece sometimes taking several months to complete.
“With my drawings, I have this philosophy of layering -- it's just a way that I pattern my strokes upon each other...I like to look at each stroke as the human experience. One experience, one stroke -- and the gathering, and layering, and falling together of all the strokes creates the person and their character.”
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