Abstract Ceramics Art is a form of art that has existed for ages. It involves the use of clay to create a 3D composition, it originally used to create an allusion of reality. Art as we know is a universal language; it’s the best form of expression. It has no country, neither does it belong to any race. Art comes in different forms and it’s well blended into different cultures of the world. Like I always say, like a gladiator in the arena, every artist has their secret weapon and strength but for my guest it’s clay. Now, about this interesting young woman in the art world, her work speaks volume for itself and also a bit popular around ikorodu and oshodi part of Nigeria. Her humility and passion for creativity is rare. She loves abstract ceramics art, with a fine blend of other medium.
Meet Zorbari, born and raised in Bori, Rivers State, Nigeria into a non artistically talented family. She deals with ceramic sculptures of the beauty and aesthetics of forms. Her inspiration comes from classical sculpture and abstract ceramics art, simplifies and idealizes the human body, creating figures of dynamic elegance, some with a note of subtle cheekiness.
Zoobari is a graduate of Fine and Applied Arts from Delta State University in Nigeria. Her art journey started as a basic students of art; exposed to different medium, zoobari felt more comfortable with sculpting and since then hasn’t looked back. She draws her inspiration from the female figure with its sensual contours, its expansive volumes, its vibrating radiance, and sublime finesse. A tremendous artistic influence on her creative work comes from the bon mot: “If I had had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter”.
Zorbari Dinee-laago currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of DinisArts_House “I Craft, You Craft”. She has established herself as an acclaimed ceramics sculptor and is today successfully represented by Ibom Arts and Book Festival, Pepney Gallery, Gallery by MUI, Oshodi Arts gallery and foundation and Others.
Me: I understand you studied Fine and Applied Art in the University and being a fine art student exposed you to different medium back in school, so of all media, why sculpting?
Zorbari: I actually experiment using clay, pencil, metal, fabric and Rope, not stone and concrete. The reasons is because I enjoyed exploring 3dimension that is: depth, breath, volume and length, making my arts expressional using voluptuous Forms.
Me: What triggered your passion for abstract ceramics art?
Zorbari: Abstract allows me to distort any shape to whatever figuring I want. If for instance I have a cup, I can distort it to any shape I want, that’s the interesting thing about abstract ceramics art.
Me: Where does your inspiration come from?
Zorbari: My inspiration comes from nature.
Me: How often do you get commission work?
Zorbari: No, for now am experimenting more and working on my own styles.
Me: What’s your most challenging project?
Zorbari: My most challenging project ever is doing higher works, I mean taller sculptures.
Me: Do you get encouragement or support from your audience and family members?
Zorbari: My family are okay with what I do, but are not financially solvent to support my work.
Me: What’s the prospect of this form of art in the future and where do you see yourself in 5years.
Zorbari: I see myself attaining SGDs goals using Arts by deploying waste to wealth management methodology and also training people to do more.
Me: How do you respond to critics?
Zorbari: I Politely get their views and opinions and let them get mine too because, different views; different definitions to art.
Me: What is your advice to people following same path with you?
Zorbari: Life is a process full of obstacles, never give up, keep striving at the end you will testify.
Sculpting goes deeper than just entertainment, in this part of the world it’s interwoven with culture, tradition and religion.