Okafor titled this drawing “Surrender” as he wanted to capture a benign expression reflecting a state of acceptance. Okafor feels that there is usually a negative connotation to the use of the word surrender as it may refer to the “waving of the white flag” expression.
The surrendering he is using in expression is one of accepting the ‘suchness’ of this moment. Letting go of resistance to undesirable and unfavourable circumstances. When faced with an obstacle in Okafor’s experiences, rather than fighting fire with fire, remaining kind and open allowed him to access a true understanding to a situation and in turn, miraculously dissolving whatever hindrance was in his way.
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