Meet the maker is a series that profiles brilliant young minds in fashion, design, and the arts from Africa and the diaspora, beginning in Lagos. Through this series, The Style HQ will explore and interrogate how these creative entrepreneurs are turning ideas into reality and creating sustainable practices and business through their endeavors. In conversation with The Style HQ Contributor, Ginikachi Eloka, we are introduced to Yadichinma Ukoha Kalu, a visual artist living and working in Lagos.
Yadichinma is a young and restless artist. She is also eccentric and brilliant, with a body of work that has a certain intricacy to it. Her unique talent is what makes her work compelling, it is also part of the reason she’s gone from her debut group exhibition: woman in bloom, to being selected as one of Rele’s 2016 young contemporaries to working with Maki Oh and Lakin Ogunbanwo during Art X, and then prepping for a solo show scheduled for March in South Africa, all in the space of a year.
With her hands in painting, film, photography, digital media, and most recently, sculpture, she doesn’t limit herself to one medium.
“I think I’m a scavenger…maybe that’s not the right word, but I know that one of the first things that motivated me to make art was seeing so many cool stuff, and just thinking ‘I want to make that’. So every time I’m looking at someone’s work, whatever medium it is; a chair or a nicely designed iron, I’m thinking, ‘How can this inspire me?’”