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Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 132.
Monika Ikegwu is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work explores the perceptions individuals and their stories, specifically African-Americans. She is currently a student at MICA in Baltimore.
“The main purpose of my work is to capture people. I use portraiture as a way of focusing on the perception of individual people. Perception in the way that people are viewed and how they want to appear as. Along with the external image of a person, I brings to focus the attitude of people as well. Through the use of individualized gesture, pose, and gaze– the people come to life. The personalized clothing and pose combined create an image that is definitive of the specific person. It is more real. The work sets in time the trends that different people follow in terms of their appearance as well as analyzes the way in which color, texture, and form can come together in the figure presented. I aim to produce work that is a culmination of people, not as subjects to paint, but, as people with their own sense of self.”