Our guest post today is a young woman I refer to as “a beautiful bag of talent”. From a talented family, she paints to perfection. Although she is still a student, she is working soo hard to make stamp her in the world. Our inspirer for today is Miss Serwah Attafuah.
AMOAFOWAA: You are welcome to Amoafowaa.com
SERWAH: Thank you for having me!
AMOAFOWAA: Please tell us about you and growing up, schooling etc.
SERWAH: I grew up around a lot of creative people. Both my parents are artists and performers and encouraged me to pursue any talents I liked. I spent most of my childhood dancing and singing, but lost interest once I started high school. I had a lot of difficulties in high school because I didn’t fit in and the work didn’t stimulate me. In class and my spare time, I would draw in my textbooks. I left high school one year ago to study at design school.
AMOAFOWAA: Which religion do you belong to?
SERWAH: I don’t belong to any religion anymore. I like to explore all religions and spiritual teachings as I believe that you can find knowledge in each one.
AMOAFOWAA: You are a budding artist, is that all you do?
SERWAH: Right now I am studying a Diploma of Live Production design. I’m learning how to build and design sets and props for film and theatre.
AMOAFOWAA: Any hobbies?
SERWAH: I play electric guitar in my spare time. I also play bass in a band called Spiral.
AMOAFOWAA: Wow! Tell us about your passion for art and what sparked that passion.
SERWAH: I’ve been involved in art for almost all my life. But only in the last 2 years have I been more serious about it. I think what started it all was that I needed a way to express myself and I found art as a method I liked.
AMOAFOWAA: What inspires you?
SERWAH: Artwork from the impressionist and pop art period inspire me. Video art and photo accidents have also had an influence on my recent art.
AMOAFOWAA: Who is your role model?
SERWAH: One of my role models is Jean Michel Basquiat. He was a young pop artist from New York.
AMOAFOWAA: Who did you grow up reading from?
SERWAH: I was a big reader when I was growing up! I really enjoyed fantasy novels like Harry Potter. My favourite author growing up was Karen Mc’combie
AMOAFOWAA: Whose songs can inspire you any day?
SERWAH: John Fruciante, who is a solo guitarist. My favourite album of his is ‘Niadre Lades and Usually Just a T-shirt’.
AMOAFOWAA: Of all the works you’ve painted, which is your most cherished and why?
SERWAH: Probably the Giesha I painted in 2013. That was probably the first time I did a painting I liked.
AMOAFOWAA: Tell us about being an independent female artist and its challenges
SERWAH: I haven’t had any trouble being a female in the art scene. Sometimes it’s hard to find money and time to fully realise the paintings I would want to paint.
AMOAFOWAA: What is your favourite colour?
SERWAH: Probably crimson, I like to use it a lot in my paintings.
AMOAFOWAA: You have had the chance to travel to many countries, which country do you find most beautiful and why?
SERWAH: Canada. It’s a lot like Australia but colder and the people are nicer!
AMOAFOWAA: Which country’s culture really appealed to you?
SERWAH: Netherlands; so many kind people and an awesome music and art scene
AMOAFOWAA: Which country’s foods do you find most delicious?
AMOAFOWAA: I smell a maiden exhibition. When and where will it take place?
SERWAH: My first exhibition will be at the Alpha House Co-op Gallery in Erskinville from the 3rd of June, until the 10th. The opening night is 3rd of June at 7pm.
AMOAFOWAA: What should we expect during the exhibition?
SERWAH: I will be exhibiting most of the works I did over the summer and a handful of paintings from late last year. I do a lot of portraits and people
AMOAFOWAA: Can painting be used to give advice or send a message?
SERWAH: Definitely, in many cultures people use paintings to tell stories and send messages.
AMOAFOWAA: Now to what all the male fans out there want to know, are you single?
SERWAH: Yes, but no time for boys. Too much painting to do.
AMOAFOWAA: How do you see yourself in 10 years?
SERWAH: I see myself in a big warehouse like Andy Warhol’s silver factory, and driving a black hearse.
AMOAFOWAA: Hehehe. There are many girls with no ambitions, they have been suppressed and made to believe without men, they are nothing. Please, any advice for them?
SERWAH: You need to go within yourself and find out what truly makes you happy.
AMOAFOWAA: Please advise people who have suffered rape and are battling with depression.
SERWAH: If you have been sexually abused, do everything you can to have the abuser put in jail. Reach out to those in your community who can help you, don’t go through this alone.
AMOAFOWAA: Now your advice to those who want to be like you.
SERWAH: My advice would be to work hard at what you like to do. I work towards my art every day. I try to live by this quote; plant your seeds today, reap the rewards tomorrow
AMOAFOWAA: If there is a thanksgiving and you are the one hosting, who are the people you will want to feature in your words?
SERWAH: I would thank my whole family, they are the biggest supporters! The friends who support me. Also friends I make on the street sometimes give me great advice, Thanks uncle Mike!
AMOAFOWAA: Thank you for your time on Amoafowaa.
SERWAH: No worries, thank you for having me Amoafowaa!!!
Her inspiration came in this form
A NEW SKY BLOSSOMS
She is a sky
A sky sweet in unpredictability
Serwah Attefuah is a sky
A sky beautiful in many shades
She has eyes so apt
Hands so gifted
Head so perfect
Capturing right; the world
Living large and brightening like the sun
One who knows no gender
One who knows no slacking
Hard work is her fort
Dreams are just her passing thoughts
She is a sky
Swerwah Attefuah is an artist sky
So she will definitely capture the world
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