We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Okpare and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michelle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wanted to be an artist because first it’s a part of me that helps me express my true self, where I can be free no limits and I love that part of me. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My works are about my everyday experience and our psychological response to happenings or event, I shed a light on my journeys, my relationship, my experiences as a woman. My works are a combination of reality and imagination. it is important for me to represent myself and my people in my work.( More of a documentation of life) human representation to me as to do with our different emotions, feelings, diversity which makes us beautiful and colourful( as different emotions have different colors which are not immediately visible, I see the world in colors). My materials used in production are attached to my childhood experience in Ivory Coast, whereby I grew up using crepe and discarded objects in making flowers vase for mothers day, I view the human body as a flower with petals of feelings and emotions. I am excited about creating more and sharing my story, encouraging young people like me to document their lives ( because you are the best writer about yourself). I learnt your greatest power or gift is within you. You just need to find it and share it to heal the world.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anything adventurous but not risky like the movies, the beach, game out nights, fun activities. Disneyland

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mentors and my family

Website: www.okparemichelle.art
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Image Credits
Michelle Okpare

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