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Creative Quickie: “Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer” by Toyin Odutola

“Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer” is a magnificent new piece by 28-year-old Nigerian-American artist Toyin Odutola, whose signature style is a use of texture, light, and pattern unlike I’ve ever seen.

"Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer" by Toyin Odutola
“Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer” by Toyin Odutola

“Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer” is a magnificent new piece by 28-year-old Nigerian-American artist Toyin Odutola, whose signature style is a use of texture, light, and pattern unlike I’ve ever seen. She describes her work as follows:

“Black Portrait: Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I’m looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost.

Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless.”

The 30in x 40in “Hold It” is comprised of charcoal, pastel, and graphite on paper. If you like this, stop by San Francisco’s Jenkins Johnson Gallery to see Toyin’s work in Seven Sisters, a group exhibit, now through December 7th.

Also, be sure to keep up with Toyin on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.

By theComplex

theComplex is Sinuous Magazine's vibrant Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director. With 17 years of design and online writing experience, she has shaped Sinuous with her passions for the arts, design, music, food, and issues impacting marginalized communities. She greatly enjoys researching topics of interest, the art of foul language, voicing a thoughtful opinion, and incessant day-dreaming.