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Painting: Gesso, Acrylic on Cardboard.
This piece is part of The Confusion and Clarity series
This project draw upon my dreams and memories from childhood to explore how the human experience is driven by our universal efforts to come to terms with our heavenly desires, earthly necessities, and abyssmal fears.
Rather than painting likenesses of real people, my paintings are focused on figures from my dreams and childhood memories, so that I can create characters removed from reality. I paint in this way, not only to pay respect to the visual memories of my childhood that was rooted in Akan cultural images, but also because I wanted the themes explored in the paintings to be more accessible to viewer. In our world, where reality breathes life to so many divisions, an un-reality is needed to emphasize the universality of our human desires, needs, and fears and create an environment where we can better see that what drives us is what drives all humans. I feel that this seperation from reality is needed tackle our uncomfortable social, cultural and political realities and bond through our universal human experiences.
Working on this project has enabled me to explore my own childhood while further strengthening my own bond with those in my life I thought were different or separate from me. It is my wish that this project will present itself as safe space for my viewers to explore their desires, needs, and fears and invite them see that they their experiences are shared by all.
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