Art As ‘Claire’ As Miss Idera’s Imagination
I remember I had come across a few articles on print a few years back that passionately babbled about a fresh faced young creative – female, daring, different – who’s slender frame, akin to her dexterous funnels of fingers, allowing for the detailed channeling from the realms of a vibrant imagination, her unique interpretation to life and fashion via ancestral cascades of inherited artistic ability – and was taking fastidious baby steps aboard the dusty sea shores of a growing Nigerian Art/Fashion and Design Industry. A few weeks back I came across this art titled ‘Extravaganza‘ and although the name of the artist rung faint compositions of a familiar bell, I was more awe struck, no strike that, I was shot to the heart in love with this art. I am a lover of all things abstract and unconventional, and when I am faced with some art that feeds me evocative poems come to life of a dainty privileged and cynical humpty dumpty posing against a wall of watercolour, you leave me with no choice but to fully engage in this extravagant love affair.
Claire Idera is no new name to the fashion and design frontier, Eniola Iderawunmi Claire, who through the avenue of an avid willpower to make a name for herself and a fertile mind that sprung the self taught seeds of fashion illustration has become a known plastered syllable on the top coat of our lips. With a model physique that is cognate to her depicted models, self trained illustrator, soft femininity, artist and quite the flourishing personality in the fashion world as her work continues to garner appraisal by designers to the creatives and media world led by the badass gestapo of her flawlessly animated squads of long legged and fashionably bespoke illustrated models as well as macho male illustrations. However, I am here to talk about her art cause it has not nearly gotten as much airtime as her illustrations.
Art cannot be dichotomised from the artist. There is really no hiding as an artist, because you draw up your true essence from the voids of your mind and breathe you breath into naked canvas. This artist-art re-incarnation is no different in the art of Miss Claire Idera. Her art, as interpreted by me, tell stories of a defiant ancestral bloodlines purged from the cracks and forgotten canals of a once was Biafra as she carries this story in her paintbrush though seemingly invisible to those without the eye, she fashions out the fragrance of a plush femininity through concaves of penciled figurines marked with hues of flowers and petals of soft angles. Claire’s art is as clear as crystal and the message conveyed is hard to be missed. It is one of acceptance of your differences, a defiance to conform and a proclamation of your truth, while painting your story with fragrances of softness. I hope her art, like her fashion illustrations gain as much publicity as it truly deserves.
cred : instagram : @claireIdera , www.claireIdera.com