Nigerian born, Cleveland raised.
"Using artistic parables to showcase and communicate love; value; and the human experience."
I have been a working artist and creative director for about 6 years
Having been brought up by a career artist for a father and a cook/event planner/interior decorator for a mother, you could say art flows through my veins. Funny thing is they did not actually teach me anything directly. Every time i would ask my dad as a kid, he would always want me to find my own creative path.
I attended Kent State as a fashion design major and Cleveland State as a Studio Art Major with a concentration in Sculpture and Photography. I started off doing shows of my paintings at various universities in the north east Ohio region, and later expanded to fine art/fashion photography, ceramic, metal sculpture and epoxy art.
MercyWerks is more than just a brand name. It's my story. Mercy is my name, Anu, translated in english. So it implies my work as well as the fact that God's mercy has done so much for me. In the Bible, whenever Jesus wanted to teach a principle, or make a point, he usually told a story, or asked people questions. This is the derivative of my mission statement.
Studies have shown over and over again that communicating "information" as is, is not very effective. Stories "trigger the release of this neurochemical called oxytocin, which is known in some circles as the love drug." How many times have you continued to watch a bad movie or tv series in the name of, "I just want to know how it ends". That's just one example of the power of story telling.
The Empathy Museum’s Clare Patey says, ‘Stories have a transformative power to allow us to see the world in a different way than we do if we just encounter it on our own. Stories are an entry point to understanding a different experience of the world.’
I have a hard time creating if I do not feel as though my work has a meaning and/or purpose. In the state our world is in today, I make it my life's mission to provide avenues where we hear more perspectives that will hopefully bring more connection in our world today. The minute we take the time to hear and and try to understand other's veiwpoints, as well as build our own self awareness, the more unity the world will have. It can be so easy to teach and see outside of ourselves, and so diffuclut to learn if we don't open ourselves up.
My art is evolving every single day as any good artist's work would.
If you seek to follow my journey, keep up.