Dewdrop to Scorched Earth

Emeka Ikebude's avatar Emeka Ikebude

Dewdrop to Scorched Earth is a large-scale, mixed media triptych that uses perceptions of “transience”, "impermanence", and “fragility” to engage a theme of global terror. Employing meticulous and continual processes of entwining, dyeing, firming, painting, layering, etc., I have manipulated everyday objects such as fabric, burlap, ropes, dyes, paints, and metal parts into an art that draws mainly from my cultural background. The work is an interwoven layer of variegated “circular windows” and patterns that are complicated by apparent figures in hijab. It was inspired by the ongoing campaign of terror by the Boko Haram group, and steered more deeply into social engagement when the same group abducted 300 school girls in rural Chibok, Nigeria, recently. Public outrage has since galvanized a rescue coalition led by the US. Dewdrop to Scorched Earth, thus, becomes as much a metaphor of humanity’s resolve to rally against evil as a critical intervention in a moment in history.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 244 inches (20.3 feet)
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 96 inches (8 feet)