This work is part of the series ‘My mouth is bored,’ which explores Oriele's relationship with food using humour and personal experiences - something artists have done at various points in history. In his painting ‘ The Ricotta Eaters,' Vincenzi Campi paints himself as an over-indulging peasant. The humorous composition and figuration of him and his fellow diners is intended to confront all kinds of questions and taboos around the position of food in society, class, and culture at the time. These dichotomies - of capitalism, personal health, and addiction fascinate Oriele, as seen in her recent painting ‘A balanced Diet’ where she investigates her own relationship with these contradictions through the use of humorous, sarcastic imagery.
Oriele’s work explores a wide array of painting techniques and processes, using colour and light as the dominant means of experimentation. She is interested in a palette’s ability to evoke emotion, whether through direct, singular use or via juxtaposition and dissonance. Her compositions portray vivid dreamscapes, and the figures within offer a sense of eeriness. The figures themselves often make their way in to her direct environment via found photography, imagination and drawings. Organic forms taken from this imagery transform themselves in to a range of motifs, which dominate her work.These motifs are her way of building up a relationship with the imagery, and she continually builds upon this visual alphabet through uninhibited, free-associative drawing and painting. This results in a childlike quality that represents immediate, impulsive thoughts.
Education: Central Saint Martins university foundation Diploma, London 2011-2012. University of Brighton BA hons Fine Art: Painting 2012-2015 Upcoming: Slade MFA.
Exhibitions in 2021: Grove collective, A future cast in our image, group show, Square Gallery, London. Tilted, group show, Purslane and Wilder Gallery. Safe as milk, Arusha Gallery, group show. Art for Relief, The Auction Collective, group show.
Upcoming Exhibitions: The Tub Hackney, group show
Awards: Bloomberg New Contemporary 2016. Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Bluecoat Studio bursary at The Royal Standard, Liverpool, Sept 2017- Sept 2018.
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