Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Art has the potency of mediation: bridging human differences, questioning voids in historical trajectories, negotiating spaces of relevance, and most importantly, being signifiers that embody the absent. I speak in a borrowed language, a multilingual visual tongue, inspired by a culmination of Western and African Art modes of practices to create charged platforms for multicultural communication.
My art presents visual portals that allow for intercultural and interracial mingling as issues of colorism, present-day colonialism, gender inequality and the politics of dress are foregrounded for collective deliberation. The essence of the work is often activated and brought to its full potential by public viewership, participation and collaboration.
This document can be thought of as the voice of a lioness (myself) ushering in untainted accounts of a proverbial story of a hunt that defines global worth. The validated accounts have long favored the hunter over the lioness. However, A Borrowed Language: Outsider Artist, Insider Art presents new assertions for the unseen to be seen and the unheard to be heard.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Osei, Yvonne, "A Borrowed Language" (2016). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 61. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7B56H0J.
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