“My art is inspired by my passion for the environment, which started during my childhood growing up in Cameroon. I loved to play and manipulate different natural materials and used to experiment with clay, wood, copper and plaster. But my favourite material was clay, which led me to pursue a career as a ceramic artist. I love clay, because it allows me to imagine and travel through a world of lines and volume. I like to take risks, and explore my dreams, vision and feelings through this amazing material.”
Untitled, 2011, Flattened Tin Cans & Corrugated Iron on Wood, 135 x 218 cm
Djakou Kassi Nathalie
Djakou Kassi Nathalie was born in 1975 in Cameroon and studied ceramics for three years at the ‘Institut Samba Superieur’ on a full scholarship. Her works have been featured in numerous exhibitions in Cameroon, Europe, and the United States. She won the first Africa Prize at the International Fair of Ouagadougou (SIAO) in 2012. She moved to Nigeria in 2015, and has been an active member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA). She has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria with SMO Contemporary Art (2018), the Society of Nigerian Artists (2015, 2016, 2018), Moorehouse Hotel (2016) and with Quintessence (2018). She was one of the winners of the Union Bank Art Competition for their 100th Year Anniversary in 2017. Her works are inspired by nature and man’s volatile interaction with her environment.