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Precious and Semi-Precious Gems, 2012 Untitled (Neon), 2012 WURA-NATASHA OGUNJI / NIGERIA UNTITLED (NEON), 2012 & PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMS, 2012 After my father passed away, I discovered a collection of journals in which he recorded his dreams over the course of 15 years. He included several lists of minerals related to his work as an engineer. As I never met him in person, I became especially interested in our creative connection via the sketches, diagrams and lists he left behind. Because I live between the United States and Nigeria, belonging is something that is defined by a constantly shifting set of relationships to people and places. It seems natural that a sense of belonging exists when one has experienced the opposite. The dream drawings create a space to speak about and visualize what is possible when you don’t belong or connect to a fixed way of being in the world. There is beauty in that dissonance. Courtesy of the artist and Antonio La Pastina and Dale Rice 64  BELONGING


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