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Find Your Center: Sacred Geometry Mixed Media Workshop (Ages 11-15) 1S23

A sacred geometry, collaborative mixed-media project based on the book FIND YOUR CENTER – by award-winning artist Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele w/ an Introduction by Alexandra M. Thomas, Yale PhD Candidate

Limit 12 Students, ages 11 - 15.

*Note: The final student project/work will be saved for exhibition purposes alongside other works individually produced by the artist.

“FIND YOUR CENTER invites us to bask in the spiritual and aesthetic abundance of Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele's sacred abstract geometry. Such a gift from a pioneering global contemporary artist is a rare, cherished occasion. With colored pencil or crayon in hand, we are welcomed into the magnificence of her practice. Stretching across millennia, Yoruba philosophy is abundant in its offerings to the spirit. One does not have to be Yoruba to appreciate the glory and wisdom of Yoruba people. Today I spent the afternoon coloring in the "Energy / Ase" drawing: tracing its rhythmic, curvaceous lines and choosing colors that make me feel revitalized — yellow, orange, purple. Ase is the power running through our veins that propels our soul and body to act. Drawing on this Yoruba concept was an electrifying experience — one that anyone can access by delving into Find Your Center with an open mind and heart. What does it mean to be at peace, to be free, for our spirit to be nourished? Let this book guide you toward a higher consciousness through creative intimacy with Yoruba principles.”

—Alexandra M. Thomas PhD Candidate in African American Studies and History of Art, Certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Graduate Affiliate in African Studies and European Studies, Yale University



Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele is a multi-award winning, queer, Nigerian-American artist, architect, educator and advocate. She is the first, openly-queer woman of Nigerian descent to appear on CNN International in a 2014 interview with correspondent Vladimir Duthiers. In 2019, she was awarded the BISO2019! Grand Prize - Prix Leridon by the distinguished Gervanne Leridon Matthias Collection, she is a 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant recipient, was listed as one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2015 and in 2013, was awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship (USA/Nigeria). She has sat on panels, taught and lectured internationally including at The Newark Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Julliard School NYC, New York University; The University of Texas at Austin: Center for Art of African and Its Diaspora, CultureSummit2017 in Abu Dhabi, Women in The World at Lincoln Center - NYC, Yale University’s Council of African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies - in partnership with the Smithsonian, Orange Academy in Lagos, Nigeria, the University of Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland, UK and at Harvard Nigerian Students Association at Harvard Law School in partnership with Harvard African Law Association. Her work has been mentioned and reviewed in numerous distinguished publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Transition Magazine, American Craft Magazine, The Sole Adventurer, Okay Africa, Sculpture Magazine, Art Africa Magazine, and Hyperallergic Magazine. Tugbiyele is author of the children’s book Find Your Center, a coloring book of sacred geometric drawings based on Yoruba principles. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Hillier College of Architecture and Design at NJIT in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Her works reside in important public and private collections around the world.

Tugbiyele’s practice is inspired by Yoruba spirituality/cosmology, as well as universal ideas around transformation, flight and transcendence, but also ‘duality.’ Through the concept of ‘Visible/Invisible’ she explores multiple dualities including transparent/opaque, industrial/natural, masculinity/femininity and, spirituality/sexuality, all of which one might similarly find within Eastern philosophy and other indigenous cultures. The ‘double-helix’ is a reoccuring presence in her body of work. With recent works in lost-wax bronze, the majority of Tugbiyele’s sculptures employ metal/wire and palm stems repurposed from traditional African brooms. She is represented by October Gallery - London, UK.

Materials to bring to class:

All materials provided in class.