The Jamestown aesthetic

Jamestown is one of my biggest places of inspiration, I like to call it my muse. When I walk through the streets of Jamestown, its forts and markets, the one thing I see and love is its rustic and rural aesthetic. It feels raw, partly trapped in the colonial era with its rundown buildings. It takes me to an era I wasn’t born, but for some reason one which I connect with. It’s very Ghanaian, walk a few miles and you will hear the beautiful Ga language spoken amongst the natives: my people. I am partly Ga. One of the goals of DK and my work has been to recreate the Jamestown aesthetic, I have always wanted to recreate a slice of Jamestown: A time stamp that will bring memories back to the era we currently live in. Elements in my work, like old newspapers (the happenings of our era) , discarded gallons or sacks symbolizes a new type of currency that we take for granted: debris. This currency, which happens to be trash, symbolizes the wealth that can be made through upcycling across the world. As you walk along the streets, one place you will notice of is the drinking spots or bars where the natives meet over a drink to watch soccer, gamble or simple connect after a long day. These areas are flooded with bottle caps that occasionally appear in my work symbolizing the quenching of thirst. I want to create a dialogue between the artwork and the public, one that starts with the question “what do you want to drink today? How are you feeling?” Drinks are liquids we take when we are thirsty or just want to have a good time. And these bottle caps symbolize the bag as a drink that quenches our fashion or artistic thirst or an object we use when we are heading out to have a good time. All in all, it’s a slice of Jamestown with all its rusticness that can be transported with us everywhere we go. .

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