As a Black, first generation American artist, Gobir’s work documents how she is constantly finding footing as she creates relationships and cultivates community. Whether it’s the way the light hits her partner in a sun-soaked room or her Nigerian mom holding her recently-born sister, Gobir creates portraits that draw on memories spanning decades. While her recent work presents past moments, they find new life as Gobir unravels and recontextualizes their impact on who she is today. Several of the paintings use embroidery thread and traditional craft techniques, drawing attention to the time spent handling each stitched work. The textured surfaces from the thread patterns convey tenderness and affection. This new series is inspired by the ephemeral feeling of home, safety, and belonging.
Bridgette Wilkerson writes: “Nimah’s artwork transcends space and reality by picking you up and placing you in a moment; a memory. Each piece in this collection is a captivating combination of precise brush strokes, soothing color palettes, and skillfully stitched thread; all weaved together to tell a familiar story— Perhaps a childhood memory long forgotten and playfully awakened, or the warmth of being loved by someone you care for. As a fellow young black girl, when I look at her work I see more than representation: I see a true mirror of my own experiences, familial roots, and childhood joy. Nimah’s tireless dedication to her work and developing her craft is a testament to her strength and creative abilities.”