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  • Olu Amoda, Ruga I, 2021, welded mild steel rods, mesh, stainless steel, dry leaves, dimensions variable.

    Olu Amoda, Ruga I, 2021, welded mild steel rods, mesh, stainless steel, dry leaves, dimensions variable.

    Olu Amoda

    Art Twenty One

    In Olu Amoda’s presumably calloused hands, aluminum spoons, steel belts and rods, nails, bronze, and wood take on a new purpose. Patiently and painstakingly, the artist bends, carves, and cuts masses of metal in repeated motions, steadily spooling them out into monumental sculptures like a spider crafting a web. The work is an epitome of endurance: a dense spread of intricate patterns, lines, shapes, forms.

    The materials are often familiar. Similar steel rods, painted white, were typically used to make balcony railings in middle-class Lagos households in the 1990s. In Amoda’s work, they are bent

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