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  • OXFORD, OH
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Résumé

As a Ghanaian artist, I am interested in identifying and establishing jewelry as an aesthetic tool to draw attention to socio-political challenges surrounding us. I adopt various weaving techniques from textiles to produce my sculptural jewelry in an effort to convey the message of peace. My jewelry explores the relationship of these objects to the body, as well as their relationship to other objects in sculptural installations.

My work utilizes different kinds of metals, reinterpreting traditional Kente weaving patterns through a contemporary lens. Kente is the dominant weaving technique of Ghana. Kente weaving is considered the art of expressing oneself through yarns and patterns that convey themes portraying the feelings and status of the wearer. The beautiful patterns of the Kente express our happiness, joy, sadness, and concern on societal issues and political status. Though the specific patterns featured in the Kente strip design hold specific meanings, the assemblage and mixture of patterns can signify a different meaning. Over the years, this unique art form has connected several ethnic groups and people from all walks of life.

In this world of division of race, color, gender, politics, class and so on, my work seeks to portray metaphorically how different people can coexist peacefully. Kente weaving concepts and macramé techniques are employed to convey the message of cross-cultural interaction between American and African weaving techniques, symbolizing diversity.

Throughout history, people have embedded meaning in their textiles, within the woven structures, the colors, the quilt patterns etc. My work continues this tradition combining varied wires, patination, and weaving techniques to symbolize the interwoven nature of our contemporary world. I hope my artwork will pull viewers away from focusing on differences and place them within a space that is more alive, accepting of diversity, expressing the essence of peaceful coexistence as well as a sense of harmony, and the possibility of unity between peoples.

 

 

 

 

Marfo Glover                                            glovermarfo@gmail.com / gmarfo@eiu.edu /marfog@miamioh.edu 

Phone: 2177907656                                         

Education

2020                    MFA (Pending) Miami University, Oxford, Oh

2020                    MA  Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

2014                    BA with Second Class Honors, Integrated Rural Art and Industry, Kwame Nkrumah University of          Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

2008                    Visual Art, St. Thomas Senior High Technical School, Asamankese, Ghana

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.