OSANYIN PROJECT

Osanyin is the Yoruba god of healing and leaves who often appears camouflaged in half tree, half human form.  

The Osanyin Project investigates camouflage in everyday life and within formalized rituals as protection and reflection.  

Recent exhibitions have featured: "Black Light Portrait Studio" commemorative portraits of NEH Institute Fellows taken on location at Emory University in Atlanta and a second iteration of Chicago artists and practitioners with a third series taken at Chicago parks upcoming in 2017; Osanyin-inspired original hand-drawn leaf textiles referencing dazzle camouflage and its visual connections to Tiv traditional loom-woven textile (a gift given at achievment or family blessing); and hand-drawn leaf camouflage developed during 2014 NEH Fellowship at the Institute for Black Aesthetics and Sacred Systems.