Behind Closed Doors I, 2021 by Sika Foyer, Micron pen on paper, 15.5H x 11.5W inches
Most of my drawings come from a contemplative place and or an intense thinking process about myriad other things that usually do not have anything to do with my hand moving and my fingers tracing lines on a piece of paper. I usually start with an architectural grid and some stick drawings of motions and gestures that captivate my attention – that is the first two minutes of the drawing. Then I can spend twelve hours straight at a time or at least six hours a day until it is finished. Some drawings demand a pause for a day, a week, or a month, before completion. It is all about making plans, following through, building milestones and allowing some random events to come in and disturb the flow… I see the surfer dancing in harmony with the waves of the ocean.
Sika Foyer is a Togolese-American, multidisciplinary research-based conceptual artist who explores the aesthetic abstraction in the materiality of wrapping and its cross-cultural rituals to tell ancestral stories and to examine all forms of social injustice. Foyer exposes the process of becoming through iconographic symbols with tireless gestural motions and micro repetitive layering. Foyer was first introduced to drawing and fabric/textile design at age 8 by her mother. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies, Foyer pursued a career in corporate finance and economic development while developing an artistic practice until 2017 when she returned to academia to complete her M.F.A. in Visual Arts at Lesley University, College of Art + Design in Cambridge, MA. Hence, her art practice is both a socio-economic and a cultural reflection on who and what we become, weaving and weighing in the yesterday, today and the future of our lives. Foyer’s work have been shown internationally and nationally and a few of her pieces are in private collections. She lives and works from her studio in Harlem.
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