Media: ink, tempera, oil paint scanned and exported to HD video on a LED monitor in a wooden box.
The Dwellers (2021-22, 03:00 min) are video paintings representing dwellers in the Land of the Twins, the magical kingdom of twins in Benin. The video paintings are made up of 100 plus small images on canvas, using hand-painted stop motion animation to tell my story. They are created by filming a painting, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. I continue this process methodically, giving each change to the image a second to two seconds of screen time. A single painting is altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. I repeat this process sometimes hundreds of times per canvas. These paintings are exhibited along with the video painting as finished pieces of art.