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Can you share more about your upbringing and background — what would someone new to you+your work be curious to know as context? What has contributed to the woman you are today?

My upbringing, i would say was a pretty sheltered one. I was raised by a single mum with my brothers and sister, and she was very strict and overprotective. So my movements as a child were very restricted, which gave me a lot of time to find ways to keep myself busy and entertained.

I had to rely mostly on imagination. I found little story books where my late brother sketched little doodles which sparked my interest in art. I first started through imitation trying to draw like him but over time my style evolved. I will definitely say I have a very wild imagination, and every color symbolizes an emotion....most of my art is driven by emotion and experiences. I am particularly interested in abstract portraiture as I love to capture the beauty of people and further express that in shapes and color .

A lot of things have contributed to the woman i am today, most especially growing up in a community that is not too fair on women. That has taught me how to be strong and to consistently learn new things as i go.


Softness and brightness — as well as cubism — play roles in your projects. How do these feelings and technique manifest, overlap, and express themselves in your work?

As i said before, a lot of my art is driven by emotion and i’m constantly trying to push my imagination. So i would use shapes and colors to express and tweak a situation in my life. Or alter the way i see people, not that there’s anything wrong with their appearance, but i love to imagine the million other ways a person can look or other ways certain events in my life could have happened .

So i focus on details that i find interesting and play on that, whilst making sure the story is still there. The colors are mostly linked to emotions i felt while making the art or emotions i felt in the context of the experiences i was painting.


What are you reading right now?

I’m currently not reading any books , but i’m a huge Jackie Collins fan. She’s just so raw, with a bit of dark humor. Most of her female characters are powerful and confident in their sexuality which i find very exciting .


Have you always been confident in your style and perspective, or is it something that you have learnt  over time?

I haven’t always been confident. Everything i do is based off trial and error or that one accident that ends up becoming a style that works. I also do a lot of research, so i always figure out something new to include or change in my work.


What lessons do you carry with you from the very first project you did into the projects you have done since?

From my very first project i learned to not restrict myself. I learnt that if your imagination isn’t translating into what you expected, find alternative ways to make it work.

Nothing is impossible when it comes to art. When drawing on paper wasn’t working for me , i made sculptures ( that i almost lost a couple of fingers making ), which led to the creation of a new series of paintings. I learnt that you should also find inspiration in even the things you consider to be a failure.

Find the thing that works.

You currently work with skateboard brand Waffles&Cream. What is that like for you? How do you show up and still care for yourself?

Working at Wafflesncream has been a very exciting journey in my life. I work with crazy, amazing people that are pretty much my second family.

I love that we are all young people still trying to figure out life, and that it’s not rigid like a corporate setting would be. We are all artistic in our ways and everyone is free to express themselves. I also work part time to create time for painting while still working at a job i love.

I would say I’m lucky in that sense. It also allows me the freedom of movement as i’m not stuck in the same place all week.

Your work has quite a lot of sensory details in it, name one thing that comes to your mind when you think of the following

a) A sound - Moving car
b) A place - My room

c) A texture - Sponge ( i love squeezing sponges)

Fiyin Segun

Arts & Culture

February 16, 2019

Fiyin Segun

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Can you share more about your upbringing and background — what would someone new to you+your work be curious to know as context? What has contributed to the woman you are today?

My upbringing, i would say was a pretty sheltered one. I was raised by a single mum with my brothers and sister, and she was very strict and overprotective. So my movements as a child were very restricted, which gave me a lot of time to find ways to keep myself busy and entertained.

I had to rely mostly on imagination. I found little story books where my late brother sketched little doodles which sparked my interest in art. I first started through imitation trying to draw like him but over time my style evolved. I will definitely say I have a very wild imagination, and every color symbolizes an emotion....most of my art is driven by emotion and experiences. I am particularly interested in abstract portraiture as I love to capture the beauty of people and further express that in shapes and color .

A lot of things have contributed to the woman i am today, most especially growing up in a community that is not too fair on women. That has taught me how to be strong and to consistently learn new things as i go.


Softness and brightness — as well as cubism — play roles in your projects. How do these feelings and technique manifest, overlap, and express themselves in your work?

As i said before, a lot of my art is driven by emotion and i’m constantly trying to push my imagination. So i would use shapes and colors to express and tweak a situation in my life. Or alter the way i see people, not that there’s anything wrong with their appearance, but i love to imagine the million other ways a person can look or other ways certain events in my life could have happened .

So i focus on details that i find interesting and play on that, whilst making sure the story is still there. The colors are mostly linked to emotions i felt while making the art or emotions i felt in the context of the experiences i was painting.


What are you reading right now?

I’m currently not reading any books , but i’m a huge Jackie Collins fan. She’s just so raw, with a bit of dark humor. Most of her female characters are powerful and confident in their sexuality which i find very exciting .


Have you always been confident in your style and perspective, or is it something that you have learnt  over time?

I haven’t always been confident. Everything i do is based off trial and error or that one accident that ends up becoming a style that works. I also do a lot of research, so i always figure out something new to include or change in my work.


What lessons do you carry with you from the very first project you did into the projects you have done since?

From my very first project i learned to not restrict myself. I learnt that if your imagination isn’t translating into what you expected, find alternative ways to make it work.

Nothing is impossible when it comes to art. When drawing on paper wasn’t working for me , i made sculptures ( that i almost lost a couple of fingers making ), which led to the creation of a new series of paintings. I learnt that you should also find inspiration in even the things you consider to be a failure.

Find the thing that works.

You currently work with skateboard brand Waffles&Cream. What is that like for you? How do you show up and still care for yourself?

Working at Wafflesncream has been a very exciting journey in my life. I work with crazy, amazing people that are pretty much my second family.

I love that we are all young people still trying to figure out life, and that it’s not rigid like a corporate setting would be. We are all artistic in our ways and everyone is free to express themselves. I also work part time to create time for painting while still working at a job i love.

I would say I’m lucky in that sense. It also allows me the freedom of movement as i’m not stuck in the same place all week.

Your work has quite a lot of sensory details in it, name one thing that comes to your mind when you think of the following

a) A sound - Moving car
b) A place - My room

c) A texture - Sponge ( i love squeezing sponges)

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