This week we meet the artist Jadé Fadojutimi in her South London studio. Only three years on from completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, Fadojutimi’s sophisticated paintings have been acquired by Tate and ICA Miami, loaned to Dallas Museum of Art and showcased at PEER in Hoxton last year, her first institutional show in the UK. Caroline Douglas covered this exhibition in her Friday Dispatch and it is well worth a reread.
In this interview, Jadé discusses how the lockdown is shaping her work, taking inspiration from box sets and gives us a glimpse at some drawings she has never shown before.
“I have always found solace in solitude. However this silence, with its blunt forgotten footwork, whom used to do little more than make the floors creak, had become clumsy, slightly overbearing and perhaps clingy. The stillness that used to grace me in the middle of the night had become a constant beside me during the day. The quiet had changed. It was rippling through the currents of others in their neighbouring cabins alongside me, trying not to breathe too deeply, as though a breath too deep would rip an unbearable hole into the pool of thought.
I constantly wonder what will tear us apart, and I also wonder what will bring us together. I’m uncertain whether I notice what it truly means to breathe in a world filled with so many “what ifs”. The silence that now stands beside me day by day might be missed if she were to leave and that is starting to redefine solitude. Time has never felt so still.”
Jadé Fadojutimi, May 2020