THE LITTLE THINGS I NEED TO MAKE ME WHOLE
15 SEPTEMBER, 2022 – 30 OCTOBER, 2022
With these paintings, I wanted to capture the beauty in how my friendships have shaped the way I approach the world. The feeling of having a safe space to collectively heal and be present, one that is free of judgement and always welcoming. I tried to capture the idea of support and healthy codependency, one that encourages growth both within yourself and your relationships.. – Deborah Segun
On view from 15 September 2022 – 30 October 2022, Segun displays visually exciting constellations, which trigger an emotional response in the viewer. They delight the eye and are imbued with hope, innocence, and collectivism with themes inspired by the pandemic, personal loss and hidden interpretations and narratives.
Celebrating the diverse bodies of women through shape and colour, Segun’s voluptuous figures dominate the canvas and are rendered with striking palettes. The Artist frames each swath of pigment with sharp lines that provide context, depth, and emphasis to guide her viewers through each piece.
The fractured forms often overlap with one another, seemingly displaying the subjects from multiple perspectives at once. Segun chooses a warm and soft composition and plays on tonal differences to portray the tenderness that comes with loving and allowing yourself to be loved by others.
Segun’s paintings, showcase her resolve in strengthening relationships and connections, storing profound details of friendships through mundane events, acknowledging differences and promoting harmonious balance. Her works can be described as a mix between cubism and abstraction as she takes a playful, purist approach by focusing on form rather than detail, through the use of different artistic mediums. The inspiration behind her practice stems from her personal and shared experiences as a woman, as well as observations of any given space she occupies at a time. She tries to capture these experiences through her unique and experimental use of colours and shapes, which she believes creates a sense of simplicity and calmness out of a rather complex scenario.