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Abi Ighodaro - Experiments in drawing and dance

Abi Ighodaro graduated with a BA Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London 2002. In the same year she received a University college London Expedition Grant to research traditional dance and festivals in Senegal, Mali and Niger.

Since then, Abi have undertaken a number of commissions, exhibitions, residencies and performances including ‘Bag Lady’ at Portlaoise Biennial: Urban Interventions’, 2007 and the Mentoring Programme in Dance and choreography at Daghdha Dance company, Limerick, 2006 / 2007.

Ighodaro was also assistant project coordinator at the Mediated Bodies: Media Technology in Dance project and worked in the Baldoyle Family resource centre, in their community education programme in African dance and folktales.

At her time inNo.72 Abi will explore dance and drawing through performance

and installations.


In the morning an interview with Martin Brennan (Kilkenny Advertiser and Kilkenny People).
I arrange the work in the portfolio.

During the afternoon Gypsy Ray and Alan Counihan help roll up the work for storage. He has been a consistent visitor throughout.

Steven Aylin helps me move these and the equipment back to my small studio.




Complete arch in the Three Figure piece. What fills it will arrive.
Add small details to some pieces.

There are a lot of visitors throughout the day, none more welcome than the Endangered Group.
This comprised Alan Raggett. Richard Coughlin, Jean Conroy, Helen Comerford, Steven Aylin and Etaoin Holahan They provided an impromptu lunch got from the Thursday market and Wong’s Delicatessen.


In the late afternoon Frank Marshall visited. 

He meets Roger O’Reilly from the Blackbird Gallery.



Complete the figure (“Shimmer”)  in greater detail using suspended graphite and pencil.
Fix all drawings with spray fixative.


Over the weekend my sons, Marc and Donovan, visited and had a look at the work. As ever their insightful questions, comments and criticism were of value.

Continue the convoluted background to the figure.

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June 2020