Artist Statement <?>
My personal life experiences determine my artwork. It makes my art feel more personal and also can appeal to the viewer’s life experiences as well. I have an interest in portraits because as a human we make tons of interactions with other humans every day. I like to incorporate plants in a lot of my works because they have features that remind me of humans. Other than the fact we are both eukaryote creatures we both learn to adapt to our environment and need the same kind of nutrients to survive. Recently I’ve also become very interested in ceramics as a medium and I have conducted research on West African traditions to incorporate into my artwork. I have used references from Greek and Egyptian shape vessels to produce amphora based off the morning and celebrations of the death of loved ones. I enjoy experimenting with items in sculpture, clay and ink.
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· 5 months ago
Concentration Paper: Introduction
The vessel form of Greek and Egyptian vase shapes inspired me to experiment for my concentration. I became interested in the vases made by Egyptians to sit in the sand of tombs that dead pharaohs laid. These vases were used to hold offerings to the dead. After this observation death became a fascinating concept for me look at how different cultures celebrated and mourned the death of their loved ones. I wanted to know more about my past cultures and their indigenous traditions and funerary customs. Before my concentration I knew very little about my African roots and I was captivated to learn my own history as well as others and bring the concepts together. My work shows my interest in the cultures of Egyptian, Greek and African culture as well as the development and craft and the relationship of the vessel with the afterlife.
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· 6 months ago