6. Precious Okoyomon |My heart makes my head swim (ditto, ditto battle angel)

35,000–55,000 USD


Precious Okoyomon
b. 1993
My heart makes my head swim (ditto, ditto battle angel)
Concrete, wire, blood
48 by 35 by 111 in. (121.92 by 88.9 by 281.94 cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Quinn Harrelson, Los Angeles

my heart makes my head swim (ditto, ditto battle angel) is a monumental sculpture of a black angel, inspired by the caryatids on the facade of the Our Lady of Victories Cathedral in Dakar, Senegal and cast in concrete, the figure will weather over time, becoming host to plant life in the form of mosses and lichens.

“In Precious Okoyomon’s work, organic materials serve a dual purpose: they remind us of our violent histories but also celebrate nature’s ability to adapt and flourish in the face of man-made crises.”
-Coco Romack, New York Times T Magazine

Precious Okoyomon (B. 1993) is a Nigerian-American poet and artist living in New York City. They have had institutional solo exhibitions at the LUMA Westbau in Zurich (2018), the Museum Für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2020), Performance Space New York (2021), and the Aspen Art Museum (2021). Major performances have been commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, London (2019) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2019). Their second book “But Did U Die?” will be co-published by the Serpentine Galleries and Wonder Press in 2021. Okoyomon was a 2020 artist-in-residence at the LUMA Arles, and they are the 2021 recipient of the Frieze Art Fair Artist Award.

For inquiries, please email us at eneckes@aspenartmuseum.org .