Her father and the nomadic aspects of her childhood inspire her series of ‘memory paintings. She creates pictures on board and paper depicting farmland, highways, oil rigs, payday loan storefronts, playgrounds and parking lots. They contain a brief diaristic description enscribed on the corner of each painting as well as her ubiquitous flying saucers which illuminate the scenes.
Creativity often looks impossible from a viewer’s perspective, but in the minds of the creator, the picture is set and made. We are products made from ashes and the pain that we go through in life, ultimately revealing our beauty from the ashes. This collection of artworks by Lanre Ajayi and friends are bringing to reality the challenges and trials of the life they’d experienced along with the stories of pain to glory especially viewing from the lenses of Black and Indigenous People of Colour within Canadian Society.