TRACEY OWUSU

“A utopian idealism of the world reimagined” My artwork centralizes on the African Diaspora as well as post- colonial and colonial history; although these are the centralized themes the undertones of my work is also inspired by interactions with numerous religious traditions as well as reflecting on historical socio-political movements and its relevance within contemporary society. I want to shift the perception of the viewer to create a space where European art is reimagined, with the perspective of the painter who is not of European descent. My art work is also about exploring those binary opposition that reflect a fragmented idealism of “blackness “and “otherness” and how to present it within a contemporary setting and really challenge the perception of the viewer. I believe that art should speak to one’s own subject matter focusing on where a there is a lack of integral understanding. My art practise is also about creating a discursive dialogue where all the elements within the artwork from the figures, architecture to the, textiles is able to respond synonymously to more than one cultural tradition. By culturally appropriating symbols I’m able to create a vernacular that responds not only past traditions but responds to contemporary questions. The most important element of my work is the narrative and how it is embroiled in an unsubstantiated history, in conflict with a finite history, so the utopian element of my work is demonstrated figuratively by the characters. As I produce new pieces of work I excited by the prospect of taking my practise forward by not only focusing on the traditionalistic aspect of my practise but accentuate the features of the painting into an installation. I find that as I delve deeper into my practise there is wanderlust of ideas that continues to develop and grow and it Is the unknown that keeps me intrigued and as “I wonder as I wander”