My work focuses on non-verbal communication, the process of exchanging shared cultural, psychological, and imaginative cues between people. Specially, I’m interested in the way we as human beings project ourselves and our identities into the greater public space.
Each of us is deeply knowledgeable in this subtle language of presentation and able to make lightning-quick judgments, even where our awareness of what we are judging is subconscious. My interest is in creating visual representations of status and using them to uncover the subtle experiences of symbolic expression. I wish to exhume the buried and unexamined assumptions by which we negotiate culture and construct our images of other people and ourselves.
Jite Agbro is a Nigerian-American Artist who grew up in the United States. A native of Seattle’s Central District, her work is an account of identity and belonging in a constantly shifting socio-economic landscape. Jite finds her direct inspiration from everyday objects, especially wearable accoutrements like clothing, textiles, and jewelry. She describes the act of getting dressed as “something that makes us all actors in an ongoing drama between our projected narratives and our authentic selves.”
Jite uses a multitude of printing techniques including etching, monotype, callagraph and other types of printing to build up vibrant layers of color and texture. She uses the collage to add an additional layer of texture sewing small prints into larger a figurative images that mimic the texture of fabric.
Jite’s work utilizes the bold, aspirational colors of west African textiles. She exposes ritual such as getting dressed, creating context, and association as a nonverbal way of sharing cultural cues, and status symbols. Jite is particularly interested in the way people project their identities into the greater public space, and how doing so influences human interactions.