A BEAUTIFUL MIND: HOW ALEXIS TSEGBA USES DIGITAL ART TO CHANGE THE DARK NARRATIVE ABOUT AFRICA

  • 2021-01-21

At a tender age, Alexis Tsegba taught herself how to draw, but it wasn’t until after she studied law at the University of Reading and completing her Masters in Creative and Media Enterprise from the University of Warwick that she realized her full potential in the artistic world. Now a visual artist, Alexis specializes in digital collages.  She has been experimenting with digital collages for almost 2 years. Alexis finds inspiration by observing. She is always looking for patterns in things, people, and emotions or wandering off to strange places on her own. Her greatest inspiration is going through life as herself, observing her emotions and those of others, and creating her own version of reality.

The Nigerian based artist is a person with eclectic interests in various art forms such as painting, photography & architecture, and digital collage, which is her ultimate medium to merge her interests in a way that allows her to tell stories and express herself without limitations. Her works often feature striking subjects in surrealistic landscapes. The artist enjoys telling stories and asking questions through her art in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and draws the viewer in to keep on looking. While utterly dreamy, many of her collages are packed with covert symbols that are designed to raise specific questions in the minds of the viewer and challenge traditional notions on specific themes such as Afrocentrism, Afro-futurism, love, and gender expression.

Alexis Tsegba believes Afrocentrism and Afro-futurism are special because they contribute towards changing the narrative on Africa as a dark continent in need of saving. Afro-futurism also allows her to show what her ideal Africa could be; one where people are kinder and more tolerant of differences while relying on technology to enhance aspects of the culture that enrich us.

Source: www.alexistsegba.com
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