The water of life is not necessarily in liquid form.
But Nigerian-born artist Bright Ugochukwu Eke uses water — in different forms — as an underlying theme in his art to express greater environmental and global ideas.
Eke is the Hanes Art Center’s newest visiting artist-in-residence, and he kicks off the FedEx Global Education Center’s exhibit “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions” with a lecture tonight about water as a medium, idea and concept for art.
The lecture, held in the Hanes Art Center, will introduce “The Water of Life” at UNC, and Eke’s work is one of three parts of the exhibit.
Alongside Eke’s work will be two other pieces: freshman Caroline Orr’s original oil paintings and “Ensemble Australis: Iceblink,” a collaboration between music professors Allen Anderson and Brooks de Wetter-Smith.
The exhibit is part of the campus-wide, two-year water theme aimed at exploring global issues surrounding the natural resource.
Eke lives in Los Angeles but has traveled to Chapel Hill to spend two weeks working with UNC students on creating a large installation piece for “The Water of Life.”
“Eke will also be meeting with Chapel Hill High School students in his time here, and will work with ceramics and recycled materials to draw on water and environmental issues,” said Cary Levine, a professor in the art department.
The installation, a collaboration between students and artist, will be revealed at the FedEx Center on March 21.