Spirit" pg 209
mixed media and collage on paper, 1970-71.
24 x 18 inches.
In Emerging Spirit, Olugebefola juxtaposes the
brilliant colorations of blue, red, black, and white, the basic
Yoruba ceremonial colors, to create an evocative work depicting
spiritual birth. The artist's experience in Weusi Ya Sanna provides
him with a sound frame of reference for this work and the ritual
symbolism of these colors adds another level of meaning to the image.
The colors, flame like in their formation, acquire a deeper resonance in
their close proximity. A kind of visual vibrancy is set up which
emanates from the spiritual form upwards, beyond the edges of the paper.