HOMAGE TO GHANA: I

2019
Bespoke Bag, Fashion


This collection is Dela Anyah paying homage to Ghana, the place he was born. It was born out of a reflection of various creative influences to his work that are connected to sights and textures of various places in Ghana. Many of which he found in the streets of Accra, around the shores and the township of Jamestown.

At the beginning of his artistic career, certain people occasionally spoke about how he will be better as an artist/creative living elsewhere, but to him, it is being born in Ghana; engaging with the culture he was born into; walking along the coasts of Jamestown—a place that never seems to stop inspiring him; visiting dilapidated forts and castles; sailing across the Volta lake, soaking up the visuals of torn posters on highway walls; the grey hues in uncompleted buildings, the rustic vibes all around and also living in an area surrounded by lots of little hardware stores due to the influx in construction sites, that have shaped his style of work. It’s being born in Ghana that helped birth Dela Anyah’s aesthetic and this body of work is dedicated to his homeland.

While studying  African art history, Dela Anyah realised most ancient pieces had a functional side: masks used in ceremonies, dolls used to teach children about fertility, textiles worn by royalty, bronze figures and statues giving a visual history of a particular kingdom, hieroglyphics used also as a cultural narrative. His foray into these sculptures was a way of creating art with a function as seen in traditional african pieces.

The form of these pieces was heavily inspired by locally crafted susu boxes (piggy banks) with each box having paints and drawings applied in a rough and violent but emotional way using vivid colors. Each piece is made out of fabrics, newspapers, bottle caps, fibres that perfectly captures a moment in history that turns each piece into a time capsule that gives the viewers a scene of the visuals, sights and textures present during the time period of its creation.



Ⓒ 2022, DELA ANYAH