Ranti Bam, Naara, 2019. © Copyright the artist.
Born in 1982
Lives & works in Lagos & London
Presentation of the artist
British-Nigerian artist Ranti Bam (living and working between London and Lagos) is best known for her terracotta works inspired by a love of words and metaphor, and the extraordinary characteristics of clay. She combines hand–building, throwing and the use of slips to embellish surfaces with colours, patterns and textures. Fusing together a painterly and a sculptural approach, Bam challenges hierarchies of form with a unique fluid quality of ease which characterizes her work.
She received an MA from The Sir John Cass school of Art, Architecture and Design, London and after extensive travels, including a two-year pause in Greece, she was accepted onto the renowned City Lit Ceramics Degree course. Bam has maintained a consistent and dedicated studio practice since graduating, exhibiting in various experimental venues in the UK. In 2018, she participated in curator's Bisi Silva's group show "The Gallery of Small Things" in Senegal.
Artist's statement:" My work is inspired by a love of words and metaphor, and clay as an extraordinary material. I make constant reference to, and imbue my work with the concepts of: light - metaphorically and physically, in process and form; organic - working with clay in its natural unreinforced state, embellishing the surface with colours, patterns, texts and textures inspired by travels through the everyday and away; raw - I work intuitively, collaging embellished clay into form; and play - I enjoy pushing this wondrous material to its limits, embracing all the making process has to offer, along the way to a finished piece."
Nationality : Nigeria