“There were days when I had a headache over the title. I needed a title that described how I was feeling at the time, spoke to the piece specifically, and pushed beyond or cast open a literal description, while also directly addressing the ethos behind the work and encouraging people to move, progress, and embrace the freedom in their midst”.
– Temitayo Ogunbiyi, contemporaryand.com
Read the full article here: https://contemporaryand.com/magazines/a-playground-for-social-justice/
“Temitayo Ogunbiyi has clear memories of the neon fillings of the apology chocolates a 7-year-old girl gave to her after calling her a nigger on the school bus. She has clear memories of another girl who refused to touch her because she was afraid it would turn her black. She was raised in suburban Philadelphia”.
– Brienne Walsh, forbes.com
“Commissioned by The Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee the playground installation work is an interactive set of sculptures, inspired by plant tendrils, hairstyling techniques and the itinerary traced by Google Maps between Lagos and Naples. Ogunbiyi’s installation transforms the museum’s inner courtyard into a play area and a garden, for children and adults to explore.”
– Editorial, thesoleadventurer.com
“Her earlier works had been conceived to get families to mingle with other families. But this current work, which was opened for public use on Wednesday, July 8, factors in the current realities and is designed to make families play in isolation even while sharing the same play space with other families.”
– Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, thisdaylive.com
Read the full article here: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/07/19/temitayo-ogunbiyi-and-her-playful-visions-for-naples/
“For Temitayo Ogunbiyi, a mixed-media artist living in Lagos, Nigeria, the lockdown was a period of reflection and care for her family. She spent a lot of the time reading preschool level assignments for her children, while thinking about holistic education for them that could include emotional development, compassion, generosity and care for our environment.”
– Roli O’tsemaye, thesoleadventurer.com
“Capillarité, Temitayo Ogunbiyi’s first solo exhibition in Paris at 31 Project, engages the mixture of unexpected forms realised from fusions of elements of Nigerian hairstyles with geometric lines and botanical elements inspired by natural history. It alludes to a plural culture and the artist’s diasporic heritage”.
– Editorial, thesoleadventurer.com
“Using the aesthetics of naturalist drawing from the 18th and 19th centuries, Temitayo Ogunbiyi refers to the colonial classification system of the living world and thereby questions its plural culture and its diasporic heritage. With an intimate drawing mixing ethnological and botanical references, the artist tries to make her way in a fragile balance between her personal history and the movements of History in the broad sense”.
– Editorial, contemporaryand.com
Read the full article here: www.contemporaryand.com/exhibition/temitayo-ogunbiyi-capillarite/
“One of the most poignant works is by Nigerian artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi—You Will Find Playgrounds Among the Palm Trees (2018–19) is a series of interactive sculptures placed on the roof and made from a variety of large-scale anamorphous-shaped sculptures in cast bronze and galvanized steel piping wrapped in twine that relay the need to create platforms for play using techniques found in threading hairstyles”.
– Rebecca Ann Proctor, artnet.com
Read the full article here: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/the-second-lagos-biennial-1699158
“The artist Temitayo Ogunbiyi is collecting flora from the lagoon to use in environmental pieces. She is designing playgrounds, with equipment inspired by the shapes of elaborate Yoruba hairstyles to remedy the lack of public leisure spaces.”
– Siddhartha Mitter, The New York Times
Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/arts/design/lagos-nigeria-art-x-art.html
“…Lagos-based Temitayo Ogunbiyi, who is transforming former land fill sites in the Nigerian city into childrens’ play parks…”
– Emma O’Kelly, wallpaper.com
Read the full article here: https://www.wallpaper.com/art/yinka-shonibare-talisman-stephen-friedman-london
“… I’m saving my money to purchase this for my bedroom, so I can wake up and look at this every day.”
– Matthew Henson, gq.com
Read the full article here: https://www.gq.com/gallery/matthew-henson-stylist-shopping-list
“Temitayo Ogunbiyi, a U.S.-born artist who moved back to Lagos several years ago and produces drawings, collage, and installations with a conceptual bent.”
– Siddhartha Mitter, villagevoice.com
“While some of these contemporary tools and constructs may be helpful – love, when expressed through them, can seem a bit too fast (or slow), terribly watered down, or like an artificial sweetener – sugary with a funny after taste.”
– Temitayo Ogunbiyi, The Houston Chronicle
Read the full article here: https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Artists-redefining-love-in-romantic-relationships-4264123.php
“Her installation “Lovely Love Text Message Books” (2012) consists of booklets to be dispensed from a vending machine, inspired by items sold in Nigerian marketplaces. “She was very interested in this question of how technology affects our ability to express love.”
– Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post. Dispatch