Ngozi-Omeje Ezema Nigeria, b. 1979

Ngozi-Omeje Ezema is a ceramic artist based in Nsukka, Nigeria, who creates immersive installations with suspended pieces of terracotta.

Her work often forms the shape of animals and objects that take on metaphorical connotations and symbolic meanings. Ezema uses transparent nylon thread to hang ceramic fragments that collectively form a whole sculpture. She plays with the viewer’s perception and the audience’s participation with her installations.

Taking her personal experiences as a point of departure, her work addresses issues relating to identity, family and the female body. She often references the object of the vessel in various ways, taking inspiration from the forms and materials of the natural environment, among other found materials.