AE: Who are you and what is it that you do/make?
NO: Nzingah Oniwosan. I am a Haitian American multidisciplinary artist. I am a jewelry designer, visual and spoken word artist.
AE: How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?
NO: I don’t ever remember not being a visual artist. I would say it’s a gift I came to world with. The same for poetry I have performed since the first grade and won contests. My work as a designer is the newest aspect of my life as an artist. I always wanted to make jewelry and it worked out the summer of 2008. It was all about timing I tried to start a line in 2003 but I did not like anything I made.
The motivation behind my work as a visual artist and a poet is my personal examination of lineage, identity, and transmission. I think the word that best encompasses my motivation is Sankofa it’s a Ghanaian term, idea, concept, proverb etc. To quote the proverb, “It is not taboo to look at the past to build for the future.” Sankofa is about cycles and the influence of the past present and future on each other. Some of my work as jewelry designer also looks at these same issues in a sculptural sense. However I started the line in part to find another way as a visual artist that was not limited to walls. I see the human form as another way art can be displayed. In this case my art is my designs.
NO: You can find my work all over. A lot of my paintings are part of private collections. Some more public collectors are the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Veterans Affairs Office in Miami, FL. I am always exhibiting, and of course you can find me online.
AE: What is your website/contact information?
Peace & Love,