Henry Obeng: I am an artist from Ghana and live and work in Kumasi. I was born on the 1st January 1993 and completed my basic education in Kumasi, then attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where I focused on sculpture, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in May 2016. I’m from the Ashanti tribe and speak a dialect call Twi. After studying, I worked as a teaching assistant to a paper-making lecturer. I then interned with Mary Hark, Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin, when she was working in her studio in Ghana. I am inspired by the way that people in the area find creative ways to adapt to the environment. This is often done by sourcing or repurposing materials from the same space. While people are answering a basic need, they are also telling their own stories. The individuals in the community therefore solve problems in artistic ways – sometimes even subconsciously – and this has inspired me to make work using materials and repurposing them so that I can tell my own story. I also love music and am a commercial photographer
Description of Artwork
The work is basically a capture of a drainage path for a bath that is printed on to a handmade paper with the use of bamboo. the bamboo was selected when capturing the site of the photograph and it was re used in a different state as a support for my work. The shaped edges were abducted from drawings from cracked walls i see mostly on the outdoor bath and it was done specifically to bring that idea from one space to the other.