Nnenna Okore, installation view of Osimili, 2017.

Nnenna Okore

San Francisco

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

In the Igbo language of Nigeria, “Osimili,” the title of Nnenna Okore’s recent show, means a huge body of water. Okore, who spent most of her childhood in Nigeria (she was born in Australia), is now a professor of art at North Park University in Chicago. After graduating from the University of Nigeria in 1999 with a BA in painting, she received her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2005. In 2014, she returned to Nigeria on a Fulbright grant, and her work continues to reflect that country’s culture and environment. She uses wire to shape and join fabric forms, creating malleable and changeable sculptures with multiple parts that relate to the site of their installation. These works bear a certain relationship to those of her teacher, …see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.