Sokari Douglas Camp, Walworth Ladies, 2008 (single figures ) approx 50cm 17cm x 18cm. Detail.
The main driver to Sokari’s subject has been making political work about the situation in the Niger Delta, the Iraq war, her relationship with England and Nigeria - her main concern is to expose humanity’s vulnerability.
‘People are forever telling me what I am. As an African in England you can get riled into talking up, even if it’s not in your character to do so. My work has totally been informed by living in England. I am what I am because I live here. My work as an artist, confirms my heritage and my life in London as a person of African descent’.
Sokari Douglas Camp completed an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art 1986. Since then she has been shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square 2003. She collaborated with ground force to create an African Garden for the British Museum in 2005. Douglas Camp was commissioned by Platform to make a Living Memorial to the Environmental Activist Ken Saro -Wiwa in 2006. She exhibits nationally and Internationally and was awarded a CBE in the 2005 Honours list.