Students Showcase Artistic Talents at CU College Week
Many marveled at the quality of works on display when students, other than those studying Creative Art, showcased their artistic designs to the public during the Talent and Creative Skills Exhibition programme commemorating the College of Science and Technology and College of Engineering Week of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.
The works of art, which include Still Life drawings, Paintings, Abstract, Collage, Card Designs, Poem and Sign Writings were in different shapes and sizes, such that art lovers reckon they could make the thoroughbred professional grin with envy.
Among the many students whose works were on display was Victoria Udoh, a 200 Level student of the Mass Communication Department, who claimed her love for art is driven by passion.
“I just have a passion for art,” she said. “I was 7 when I was given an assignment to draw someone in akimbo form.
“My dad is an arts critic and does more of abstract work. I was always depending on him but at times he messes it up and I started doing it by myself. I started drawing from there and was receiving awards. That was in Primary School.”
Udoh had one abstract charcoal on canvass and two still life works on display.
“The charcoal on canvass is my own perspective of a picture in a picture. It shows a man walking with his puppy and the reason I did it all in black is because of the mood. He is lonely and fed up with life, and the only friend he has is his puppy, so he just goes straight down and keeps walking to almost nowhere. You can see from the small to the big man there, which shows how far he has gone in his journey,” she explained.
The inspiration behind the work, she said, came from a photographer who wanted something that people don’t usually do.
Prodded on what she hopes to achieve with art since her course of study is Mass Communication, Udoh retorted: “You hardly find mass communicators go into diverse fields, you see them just broadcasting and all, but this is just my way of broadcasting. So, it’s like mass communication and art combined.”
On the conservative cost of the abstract work if she were to offer it for sale, she said it will go for N50, 000 because it did not take so much time and the medium was not so expensive.
She described one of her works of portrait as Winnie Hallow, a model with a skin disease called vitiligo. “I see her as very rare. If you notice, her skin disease is kind of equal; from the eyes down they just have this balance. I see beauty in her disease and I named it ‘When disease equals aesthetics’.
“The other portrait is a friend named Caleb Abah, he had his birthday last week. I do my work in black and white; I want to be a black and white artist.”
Moji Alade, also a student of Department of Mass Communication, had two writings embossed on wooden plaques on display at the exhibition. One is a poem and the other a social commentary on violence against women.
According to the 300 Level student, who honed her skill as a writer at an advertising agency, her inspiration comes from her immediate surroundings. “I got inspired during my internship. I worked in an advertising agency and I was with copy writers. Before then I used to like writing but didn’t dedicate my time to it. I didn’t think it’s something I can make a career in. But am going to be an author very soon, planning to launch a novel this summer and a book on collection of poems.”
One could not help but notice the several colourfully-designed greeting cards neatly arranged on a table right in the centre of the exhibition hall. They were the works of Theophilus Abah, a 100 Level student of Building Technology.
He revealed that he took to designing cards at a very tender age when he realized that he could learn faster with drawing and designs than the write-ups. “So, that interest built in me and I discovered that children could learn at a faster rate with what they see instead of what they tell them.
“Design generally is a very good thing; I like fancy colours coming into one another and complementing themselves,” said Abah.
The cards, he added, are made based on their sizes, A3 and A4, with the trending things being Birthday, Valentine and Christmas
“People do appreciate these cards more than money, and cost of cards are influenced by location. The materials used like straw boards, golden pen and embosses are sold at different prices in different places,” said Abah who claimed he already makes brisk business of his talent.