About the Artist
Kevin Oduor lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya, where he currently has a studio at the Kuona Trust Art Centre. His artworks have adorned numerous public spaces both locally and internationally and he is well known for his installations and commission work.
Kevin started off as a painter after high school and his love for art was inflamed when he met the late Ruth Schaffner of Gallery Watatu, who mentored him to the world of art.Twenty years on, Kevin has also become a mentor. Kevin draws inspiration from human nature and from the entire animal kingdom. He would like to give people the opportunity to see nature as he perceives it. Kevin’s work can be found in numerous public spaces, some of which include the Buffalo sculpture in Meru National park, the Dedan Kimathi sculpture in the Nairobi CBD on Kimathi Street and the towering Syokimau sculpture at the Syokimau ultra-modern railway station. His preferred choice of material is fiber glass, metal and found objects.
How would you compare Existence I to Existence II?
In Existence I the installations were made out of man-made objects while in existence ii I used the human form and clothes to express the same theme of whether we actually do exist.
How long did it take you to complete the pieces in the installation?
Including the thought process and implementation, it took me three months.
What challenges did you face?
One challenge was working on the human form using clothes. Manipulating material so that it can give you a desired result was tricky. I am used to making my sculptures in clay so this was a new material to me. The material I used is still under experimentation in terms of color and strength.
Creating in an empty space is another challenge I had. I am used to subtracting and adding when molding my pieces so working with a hollow figure of a human was extremely challenging
What did the hollow space in the human forms symbolize?
The hollow space symbolized that someone was there in the space but is not there anymore. The shapes in the installations symbolize the character of a human being.
Will you be taking this exhibition further in the future?
Yes I would like to continue experimenting with this new material and see what comes out of it. I look forward to exhibiting these pieces in the future.
Open night, Existence II