Raised and bred on the Southside of Chicago, MISU is an interdisciplinary artist. They operate in the belief that memory, as active and vegetate liminal spaces, serves as an anchorage to reclaiming personal and cultural identity. Their work explores themes related to their personal history, such as vulnerability, fragmented realities, intersecting identities, and their cross-cultural upbringing as a Nigerian-American. Within these topics is the undercurrent of creating, holding, and sharing a memory.They work in media that activate living memory through painting, installation and photographic processes. As they continue to do the work to heal themselves, they seek to work through moments of catharsis in media and processes unfamiliar to them, to initiate new modes of coping in the present. They currently live and work in Chicago, IL.
Image: MISU, Heavy Handed, 2022, 35" x 34”, acrylic paint, spray paint, and paint marker on red rosin paper, is a recording of childhood memories of safety, harm, and abuse.