Owunna, Cosmologies
Nne-Nwanyi-Isi-Ajata (Lady of the Long Flowing Dreadlocks)


Signed and numbered, verso

Dye sublimation print on aluminum

24 x 36 inches (61 x 91.4 cm)
(Edition of 6 + 2 APs)

40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
(Edition of 3 + 1 AP)

At the beginning of the universe, all was one in the primordial blackness of space. Eke-Nnechukwu, the feminine counterpart of the Igbo high god, Chukwu, manifested herself as Nne-Nwanyi-Isi-Ajata, the Lady of the Long Flowing Dreadlocks also known as the Lady of the Morning Star and Venus. She was the sourceless ocean of dawn and births, her waist beads prefiguring fertility, the birth of the cosmos and emergence of life from the blackness of the womb. She awaits the hour of creation in the darkness of the evening, holding her plot to enter Chukwu’s chamber at dawn in her hand. This act will ultimately ignite an explosion that will shatter the primordial world and create the physical universe.

Work by Mikael Owunna