OkonkwoThe forms in Nnamdi’s sculpture are simplified and stylized to better express his thoughts and ideas which are embodied in fluid lines and simple shapes. It is a mode of expression that comes naturally to him, and it is straight to the point and devoid of pretension. Stylization also offers a greater avenue for the expression of universal themes and emotions. This allows Nnamdi to broaden the scope of expression by transcending mere literal representation of the figure, provoking different thoughts and ideas, and giving the viewer an opportunity for introspection and contemplation.

One of the few guidelines that Nnamdi follows is best exemplified in a statement made by Michelangelo which states: “Measurement should be in the eyes and not in the hands, for while the hand measures; it is the eye that judges.” His proportions, therefore, are not based on any rigid principle, but rather are based on a personal ideal of beauty and balance. His figures are more symbolic rather than literal copies of the human form. Thus in sculpture, Nnamdi’s figures, instead of being confined to a model, become a symbol of humanity. The big, rotund forms symbolize abundant life. It is an outward manifestation of a largeness of soul.

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