Komosu (Body of the Goddess)
Following the shattering of the primordial world in the Igbo Odachi Nne Ebere mythical account, the Igbo high god, Chukwu, finds the martyred body of His feminine double, Eke-Nnechukwu and brings Her back to life with His tears. As Eke-Nnechukwu rises from the dead, the cosmos and physical universe are born on Her body as She assumes the form of Komosu. Revived, Komosu takes up residence in Her own cosmic house known as Mkpuke, where She balances the entirety of the physical universe on Her body, Her name being a derivative of Koro-ma-ya-su, Komo-osu/Aru Uso/Ana Uso (body of the goddess).
In the photographs of Infinite Essence and Cosmologies, Owunna leverages his training as an engineer to explore the nuances of darkness and light. He employs ultraviolet strobes, painted fluorescent backdrops, and carefully hand painted nude bodies of Black models that only glow under ultraviolet light. When he then photographs the models in total darkness, the shutter snaps, and for that fraction of a second, synchronized beams of ultraviolet light illuminate a glowing scene that reanimates tableaus of creation from the archive of African diasporic myth.