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This display brings together new and existing works from my ongoing portfolio, which is comprised of work tethered to a daily experience of space. Through a variation of media, the work explores an understanding of how individuals, including myself, navigate the world around us with an awareness of spatial, cultural and personal difference. It is a densely layered composition mundane moments, a catalogue of space, both physical and mental, which elaborates on the complexity of the contemporary experience. It questions your experience of dwelling or rather, existing and explores how we attach memory to moments to gain a sense of value. Rarely does the work meet the viewer’s gaze but seems bound up in moments of intimacy or reflection that are left open to interpretation.
A close friend of mine once asked me, what I would want people to think looking at my work, and I replied, “I feel like there is nothing to see or do here”. The narrative remains ambiguous as the work is concerned with navigating a space compromised of my personal diasporic experience influenced by western training. A subjective experience making a statement about a multifarious reality.
Semilore Delano, Saturday Brunch, 2019. Oil on unstretched canvas.
Semilore Delano, Lekki Market at 4.53pm, 2017. Oil on board.
‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together work by twenty-two artists who live or work in and around Cambridge. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the local area, from photography to performance, the exhibition will explore these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now.
Semilore Delano, Saturday Brunch, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
Semilore Delano, Saturday Brunch (detail), 2019. Courtesy the artist.
Semilore Delano, Lekki Market at 4.53pm, (2017). Photo: Stephen Bond. Courtesy the artist.
Semilore Delano, Lekki Market at 4.53pm, (2017. Photo: Stephen Bond. Courtesy the artist.
Semilore Delano in her studio. Photo: Anjola Delano