Bukola Koiki is a Nigerian-American transdisciplinary artist whose work strives to collapse the single-story of the West African immigrant experience by engaging and interpreting the liminal spaces she inhabits between two cultures through research and explorations of linguistic phenomena, cultural ontologies, generational memory, and more. Koiki’s multidimensional works reflect her material and technical curiosity and include hand-pulled prints rendered with embroidered collagraph plates, giant beads employing Nigerian hair threading techniques, handmade and hand-dyed paper, Indigo dyed, and hand-printed Tyvek head ties, amongst other explorations.
Koiki was nominated for the Textile Society of America’s 2020 Brandford/Elliott Award and was named a 2019 Finalist for the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited nationally and been featured in American Craft and Surface Design magazines, Art21 Magazine online and has been interviewed on NPR. Koiki received an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Pacific Northwest University in 2015 and a BFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas in 2008. She completed the Fountainhead Fellowship in the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Koiki is currently temporarily living in Oregon.