B.A Fine Art and Design (Painting), University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Jacqueline Suowari: Body Language, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida, USA. (November 29th 2019 – February 9th 2020).
Award of Excellent Performance, Society of Nigerian Artists.
2009 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.
2008 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.
2007 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.
Panelist: “Tiny Shoulders - Rethinking Barbie”, International Institute for Creative Development in collaboration with the American Film Showcase and the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria.
Speaker and Panelist: TEDxRiversStateUniversity: “Where We Ought to Be”, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.
2016 Speaker: Universal Studios of Art, Lagos State, NG.
I am fascinated by the human form and it's ability to express emotions that communicate feelings in a verbal and non verbal way.
Using the human figure as a motif, that spans across the design of the series, I re-interpret the traditional notion of portraiture and painting using drawn monochromatic figures made with ballpoint pen and ink in flat bold acrylic color backgrounds on large scale paper. I use paper as a reflection of life; it is precious, strong and yet very fragile.
I employ a method of shading which I refer to as 'layering' and I use this 'layering' as a metaphor for the process of self actualization and coming into the consciousness of individual identity.
Each piece is a visual expression of emotions and experiences. The colors are deliberately bright as a metaphor for "Happiness, peace and contentment" juxtaposed within a theme of Afro urban style and pop culture to tell a story of confidence, self awareness and determination in a world where cultural concepts and systems are transient.