Artist Spotlight Anthony Amoako-Attah

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in conversation with Anthony Amoako-Attah

What influences translate into your art practice?


As an artist I am inspired by ‘dreams and reality’, how people dream and in reality it takes time to happen. I am also inspired by how fabrics are made and how it drapes, as well as life chances


Has this changed the way you approach your work?


Yes, it has. It has made me not to rush when it comes to making and to understand the word patient when it comes to glass.

What initially captured your imagination about glass?


Colour and it malleability it goes through heat.


What’s the significance of the handmade to you?


To me as an artist handmade brings physical and emotional connection between me and the material. I feel myself intertwined with the art piece as inseparable pieces. 


What was your route to becoming an artist?


It started from primary school when I used draw maps of my country (Ghana) then later perused visual art in high school through to my PhD.  


What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?


My chosen medium is glass.  I work as a kiln former from glass casting to glass fusion. I also employ water jet cutting.


How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary glass?


My works seeks to bridge the gap between Ghana art and contemporary glass world. My works also investigate the identity of the artist and also to position the black identity in the glass world


Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?


I work through making my own screens, developing colours 4 to 9 colour separation. I employ the all screen process through the use of Bullseye glass powder and enamels. Then fire it around 690o c.


Who do you look up to when it comes to aesthetics?


Colours and it composition


What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?


Currently what inspire me is my own life and his stories others about life chances. I am also inspired by African Proverbs, Adinkra symbols and Kente patterns and philosophical meaning which is attached to it. I do admire Kathleen Whiteman, El Anatsui, Jeffrey Sarmeinto and Preston Singletary


Anthony Amoako-Attah

Anthony Amoako-Attah a current PhD student at the university of Sunderland. He started his artist career from KNUST-Ghana where he did ceramics and later continued to pursue his masters in glass at his current university. Taught as teaching assistant and ceramic technician in KNUST and Sunyani Technical University respectively. Unlike many contemporary artist, Amoako Attah is primarily self-taught, [and his] work focuses on migration, integration, dislocation and life chances. Anthony put his traditional Kente designs and Adinkra symbols on glass through printing of glass powders and enamels through kiln forming techniques making the glass look like a woven or printed fabric. “I see glass as [the] host upon which I feed as a parasite to bring about my personal and cultural identity.”