exhibited:, MONILOLA OLAYEMI ILUPEJU, Saint V., curated by Miriam Bettin, [tart vienna], Projectspace Galerie Thoman, Vienna, AT

“Ilupeju’s recent use of recycled leather (Collateral, 2023, Lost Hiker, 2023, All The Way, 2023) as painting surfaces stems from the same interest with enlivened materials. The meditative scribbles and scratches on a discarded, deconstructed and pierced leather backpack, which the artist carried throughout her adolescence, serve as a portal to connect moments in time and modes of being. Reminiscences are inscribed into the resilient animal skin, understanding scars as traces of growth rather than wounds.” (Miriam Bettin)