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Reflecting on the past (I’ll be your Mirror, solo show).


About the project.

My solo show which took place in March of this year at the Kupfer Gallery. The exhibition had a living room like feeling within the space and included an installation of chairs, tables, wallpapers, curtains, and lampshades. 

Installation including black and white painted wallpaper on the left hand side, white painted patterned chairs and tables at the centre, brown 4 foot 5 inch sized slim mirror, with a slightly shorter dancing female figure leaning against it. Towards the back, long, draping black and white curtains hang in front of the 10 foot tall window, and the ends of the curtains drape slightly across the ground in front of it. Right next to this is a four part multicoloured digital drawing palboard wallpaper narrow installation, between the curtains and the entrance. On top of this plaboard hangs a small painting. Lastly, in front of the narrow wallpaper, stands another black chair covered in hand drawn patterns.
Installation view of 'I'll be your Mirror', 2023, wallpaper, curtains, oil painting, mirrow, wood cut out, chairs and lampshades.


The idea was to bring the audience into my intimate world of patterns, by making the space like my own personal living room, filled with personal patterns found on my family members clothes.


Kupfer Gallery, Orbital Signs (wallpaper company), and Liquitex, for my workshop.


William Morris, Lubaina Himid, Yinka Shoibare, and Sonya Boyce.

Three women characters are posing in domestic backgrounds, the one on the far left is in her bedroom, draped in golden fabric, the middle is in her garden holding two plantains to her nostrils and the third, far right, is reading a book called 'The Brutish Museum'. Each figure is disguised in metallic colours, silver and gold.
The Golden Hour 1, and Silver Statues 1 and 2, 2022, installation of aluminium digital photographs on hand painted wallpaper, each picture is 30x60cm.

Abi Ola

Abi Ola’s art practice centres around family portraiture and patterns. Originally, she used to paint the details of the figures’ faces. However, over time, she became more interested in the patterns on their clothes. More recently, she has been exploring the use of emojis alongside traditional African textile motifs, and British floral designs by popular artists such as William Morris. Abi Ola’s patterns go beyond two dimensional paintings as they find their way onto the interior design of buildings, clothes, and skin. Ultimately, Abi Ola is collecting a plethora of symbols to create her own vocabulary of patterns. These are then used to express through her own made-up language of her experience of the world, as a black British female artist. Abi Ola gained her BFA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019, and MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, in 2021. Recent exhibitions include ‘New Contemporaries’, a group exhibition at South London Gallery; ‘All Are Gone The Old Familiar Faces’, a solo show with Flatland Projects, Battle, 2022; ‘Love At A Distance’, a solo show as part of the Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize, 2020-21; a duo show with Ilke Cop at the VCRB Gallery, Belgium 2022; and The Slade School of Fine Art’s 150th Anniversary exhibition, 2021-22.