Beauty from Chaos: Abuse Series was birthed to value the importance, perspective of what true beauty really means and relating it to the context of rubbish or garbage. These works were created to effectively portray beauty from a seemingly chaotic situation and to ultimately bless others.
Through Beauty from Chaos, individuals will witness and truly appreciate the beauty even in the midst of their varied chaotic lives, challenges and difficulties. It is for many others to see their worth and the beauty they are made up of and exude a beauty people can identify with and a voice which will fill their lives with hope, peace and healing.
These pieces were developed to primarily educate others on a predominant social issue in Ghana and across the continent coupled with its varying effects and how it inadvertently affects society. We witness abuse in various forms yet there’s lack of advocacy on all fronts. Thus, this exhibition was undertaken to create social change and champion discussions.
Primarily the main medium used are jute sacks known in local Akan parlance as ‘‘b) t)’’. Jute sacks are used to store up various commodities such as cocoa. This medium was chosen to portray the underlying concept of Beauty from Chaos; to create beauty out of undervalued things. Other mixed media are employed to give the pieces more clarity and in depth meaning. Generally, the colours used depict earth tones synonymous with African societies and to somewhat portray this phenomenon in rather sorrowful and gloomy tones as it should be. With this series, the artist explores the details of contemporary art as well as employing the use of masks, a historic symbol of the African culture. In these pieces, the artist represents abstraction in the simplest forms which appeals to art enthusiasts as well as any other person.
The objective of this series is to highlight these issues so as to create road maps and interventions to reduce such acts.
The paintings portrayed are mostly real-life stories and events victims shared with the artist. Though real-life events, different names and representations have been used to protect the identity of the victims.