March 20, 2007
This first piece here is about perception and contrast. You see, here in Ghana everyone notices me and I find they assume I'm extremely wealthy, European, married, and 22. But when I go back home in a week I'll go back to being just another face in the crowd...a poor uninsured single artist. It's like Seurat's studies of contrast which I remember finding so interesting in 8th grade...because I remain the same no matter what culture I am in, but I'm interpreted/ viewed differently within each culture. Here it's visual perception, how the grey appears differenly against the black versus the white. (Make sense?)
Sorry this next one is a bit out of focus, but it's a really simple one anyway. It's a painting of my blinders, and it's just an observation of how I always overly focus on one thing at a time. Like my art, or my work, or some silly goal I set for myself. After I made it I realized it totally looks like one of Barnett Newman's "zips," which I've actually never been a fan of. (He's a minimalist painter)
This drawing here was made from a table up at a well known restaurant here in Osu called Frankie's. (They have obruni food--I actually got to have a cup of brewed coffee!) I really think the drawing captures the cluttered hectic nature of Osu.
This next piece ws a lovely accident. It was actually a scrap piece of paper I was blotting my paintbrush on while making the Blinders picture. I was going to scribble notes on it later when I realizzed the painted streaks were rather interesting. So I filled in the rest of the paper with colored pencil and turned it into a whole composition. I don't know why, but this piece just feels like a whisper...
Currently listening : You Forgot It in People by Broken Social Scene