It first starts with something ugly, bruised and neglected. by Dela Anyah

Someone asked me in the studio today if jute sacks where “my thing”.

My answer: Not really.

My thing is objects that symbolize us in our broken states: the people (including myself) that I hope these works will touch and speak out for. In their discarded or abandoned state, they look quite ugly, bruised and hurt by the elements. And this serves as a beautiful canvas to paint stories that

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What inspires your “negative” themes? Abuse, torture, tears, etc and how interested are art lovers in that please? by Dela Anyah

Thanks for your question. If you study art history, you would realize that majority of works that have been done as far as art history can go are characterized by what you call “negative” themes. From the gorgeous and very detailed paintings of Jesus crucified on the cross that many have in their homes, to African Art masterpieces used during ritual ceremonies, to Picasso’s Guernica which was in response to the bombing of Guernica to the numerous paintings of Judith beheading Holofernes, to Francis Bacon’s works on death, to  Damien Hirst themes on death, and the list can go on. Actually many have had death as a theme. But why? What many people don’t immediately realize is that art is a way of capturing what’s happening in the times we live in. As Nina Simone put it, how can you be an artist and not reflect the times you live in? 

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