Fresh Water by Akwaeke Emezi (Apă Dulce)
The brief was to create a cover for the book written by Akwaeke Emezi, Fresh Water, known as Freshwater, winner of numerous literary awards.
My research started with studying Nigerian traditions and folklore. I managed to capture Nigerian folklore and Nigerian art, through interlocking shapes and overlapped colored elements. I was inspired by the intricate Nigerian bride gown, Nigerian fabrics, and patterns.
The movement and dynamism are concentrated in the middle of the cover, where I have emphasized the main character, outlined by color, strength, and values, bringing in the light the theme of fractured identity of the book.
The novel is currently a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award.