MA Fine Art – Chelsea College of Art, 2019
Born in London (with a Nigerian Igbo background) and raised in New York, Chiizii is a visual artist and textile designer. Her work serves as a means of social commentary, as an expression of thoughts, and as an analysis through studying herself and others. There is a specific emphasis on black cultures, that of her own and those with which she has connected. These cultures are examined not as ‘other’ but as standard and normal, where the qualities of blackness are given space to be examined.
Chiizii’s practice is informed by a background in textile design, a craft she first studied at the London College of Fashion. She experiments with, and manipulates, an array of textures and materials to create garments and installations. Combining traditional and contemporary methods of creating, marrying a myriad of styles and references is important to her work. Her multi-disciplinary practice is tied together with a consistent presence of vibrant colour palettes and patterns. She describes her style as unrefined but thoughtful.
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Chiizii has exhibited work at various group shows including ‘Vices and Virtues’, a 2019 show curated by Looking Glass Collective at Das Giftraum in Berlin; ‘64 Bits’ at Publicis UK and Ogilvy Roots @ Sea Containers, both 2017; solo show ‘Agbogho Chizitalu’, Wusi Space, London, 2017.
"My aim is to have the audience walk away with a nostalgic feeling and a new found knowledge. [I want them] to be inspired to conduct their own research."