So here I am in the posh streets of Chelsea, walking to a lovely townhouse with an apple blossom tree in front on a rare sunny winter's day in London. I can hardly contain my excitement.
Modupeola is currently in London for her first solo exhibition and inaugural presentation by the gallery Ed Cross Fine Art, which is curated by Katherine Finerty.
I enter the building and I am warmly greeted by her team and the artist herself. And she is super cute. A petite woman, dressed all in black with an abundance of hair on her small face, she has one of those big, sparkly, teeth grins; you can't help but reciprocate.
Endearingly playful, she smiles, giggles, and laughs a lot. I like her instantly and decide to nickname her 'Modups' for the rest of the day.
You don't mind if I call you Modups do you? I'm sorry, I have a friend called that. It's okay, right?
[Smiles] Yes, you can call me Modups, that's okay.
So quickly, tell us about your background. You were born in Togo
Well, let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start [a Sound of Music reference!]. Yes, I was born in Togo, and lived there for five years before moving to the States. I lived there till I was 11.
I then moved to Rwanda [her parents are diplomats] shortly after the genocide in 1996. And because the schools were still in such a bad state after the war, my siblings and I had to go to school in the UK.
So when did the love of art begin?
I'm a woman: I can do science, I can do math. Why be an artist when I can be a chemical engineer?'
I think it was while I was in secondary school here in the UK that it started. My school really encouraged us to take art very seriously. I always had an interest but then I began to conduct these very large-scale projects by myself at the age of 11 or 12.
I thought it was so interesting that we were able to dedicate energy, time and intellectual ability to the arts. But I was also very interested in and good at science subjects.
It was the stubborness in me that was like: 'I'm a woman: I can do science, I can do math. Why be an artist when I can be a chemical engineer?'