Featured Artist: Joshua Effiong

If Happiness Was A Woman

Feasting With The Moon

Colours of Motherhood

About the artworks:

Anytime I set out to create an artwork I must always have a proposed image in my mind, same thing I do with my poems. Every artwork must tell a story. The first artwork, If Happiness Was A Woman depicts the joy and laughter that illuminates a woman’s face anytime she’s happy, this moments I’ve seen in my mother’s face. The second, Feasting with the moon, seek to paint the picture of happy children bathing in the moonlight, this is experienced here in Nigeria when the moon is out and children sit down to feast on the stories from the lips of the elderly. The last, Colour of motherhood, here is a jellyfied picture of a mother with her child wrapped behind her, this seeks to depict the pain, strain, joy, expectations, and everything a mother dream about.

Joshua Effiong is writer and artist from the Örö people of Nigeria, studying Science Laboratory Technology at University of Calabar. His works have appeared/forthcoming in Shallow Tales Review, Rough Cut Press, Madrigal Press, Titled House, Augment Review, Selcouth Station Press, Rising Phoenix Review, etc. Author of a poetry chapbook Autopsy of Things Left Unnamed(2020). Find him on Instagram @josh.effiong and twitter @JoshEffiong

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