Igbadun is a Yoruba expression that means “Enjoyment”. Yoruba people are one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in West Africa. They are predominantly based in the west of Nigeria. The Yoruba people are known for their “joie de vivre” and their ability to enjoy what life has to offer them.
This painting embodies the essence of this aspect of Yoruba culture, Igbadun (Enjoyment). Heavily influenced by their culture, the painting employs elements from the Yoruba culture. From the style of the protagonist’s attire to her gaze. It follows the Yoruba tradition’s unique cosmology and affirms that every individual has a specific destiny and fate, placing importance on self-understanding and spiritual growth. In essence once this fact is acknowledged, it deters one from being consumed by quotidian affairs and ensures that one enjoys life also.
The beautiful Gele she is wearing on her head indicates that she is taking part in a festive social engagement.
Igbadun is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zeinat Gelli is a Nigerian artist who mainly works in oil on canvas, a medium which allows her to establish a stylistically rich toned, layered and fluid feel to her paintings. Inspired by her passion for both art and life sciences from an early age, her work blends principles from both areas using the study of form and interaction to capture the subtlety of meaning, mood and emotion.
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