Bunmi Agusto | Artist Overview

Bunmi Agusto’s practice explores psychology, cultural theory and the evolution of selfhood through the lens of fantasy. Her works combine drawing, painting, and printmaking as they tell the stories of the inhabitants of a surrealist wonderland in her mind called Within. The indigenous inhabitants of this world are hybrids whose human form is combined with elements she finds integral to her sense of self and cultural consciousness. Non-Hybrid humans are also present in Within as family members, friends and passersby in the artist’s waking life are subsumed into the world through encounters and begin to occupy the role of cross-reality migrants in her mind.

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“The psycho-spacial world I have created is inspired by my lived experiences so it encompasses a lot, from the agama lizards I watch scamper around Lagos to aspects of my religious upbringing. It is really about me unpacking and deciphering elements of my selfhood and expanding my existence as a single being into a wide fantasy world.”

Bunmi Agusto