Mixed media on paper, 12x9 inches, 30x23 cm.
Afi Nayo recent mixed media work continues to explore themes of spirituality, cultural syncretism and humanity’s interconnectedness with nature. She draws upon an individual reserve of personal history that approaches a perspective universal enough to include all of us combined with an aesthetic nurtured by intellect, clarity of vision and deep philosophical concerns to create distinctive work which allows the viewer to discover other worlds and distant places that offer freedom of imagination, interpretation and emotional responses. There is no hierarchy of images – the path of visual exploration for each composition is of our own choosing, and the viewer interprets the progression of images as though reading a language system.
Her work reflects a longstanding commitment to extracting textured patterns with mosaic-like delicacy and a cosmopolitan refinement from a complex language of symbols and signs drawn from the unconscious to obtain a poetic amalgam of abstraction and reality, revealing a reality behind the visible things around us. Symbols become patterns and then symbols again as the imagery vacillates between seen and unseen, between the remembered and the disassociated, revealing minute treasures for those who linger long enough to see them revealed. There is a resonance of personal truth, vision, circumstances, and tradition embedded in this body of work that make us simply believe in the power of art to speak to us in purely human terms.