Awka – The blacksmith’s city that today hammers young adults into various shapes of tools that in turn mold society – lives mostly by the young and energetic students, without whom the forge exists on comatose. Multidisciplinary Artist, Nebolisa Kelly – a recent graduate from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University – is a part of this forge but would choose to step out of the furnace and from the gallery looks down into this workplace and over every other smithy. He finds that all of these smithies are run by the same engineer. Kelly has now taken to multiple visual media to express his observation of the lives of the Z generation in a series of works he titles “God’s Engineering”.
“God’s Engineering” is inspired by the artist’s urge to direct people from the usual lifestyle which they already know to how God really engineered it to be. A series of enlightenment – a revelation of God’s mind.
The first sets of work within this series are hyperrealistic images of different models done mostly with charcoal and graphite.
Nebolisa takes a step further with his most recent work in the series which he titled “Against Her Will”. Using multiple media including cut publications on canvas, the artist expresses his views on forced marriages. “The dreams of the girl child is still valid despite their Gender. They shouldn’t be forced into early marriage as a means to liberate her family from poverty, or as a means to raise an offspring”.
“Against her Will” features the front profile of a female model over pink background and in addition to cut publications. We also see a number of Physics formulae the artist employs to send home the points: Resistance, Force, Pressure and Impedance. These electrical precepts reflects Kelly’s engineering background.
The artist noted that the rest of the series will continue spontaneously and wouldn’t have a finite end as long as there are issues weaving alongside the activities of Gen Zs.