Safo Ay3 Bi Da 2017 Amoako Peter
To acknowledge all of the pieces that go into making you a complete person is the route to go, a pathway, a new space to work, an exploring memories. So my work started to really take on this quality of ravenous consumption, and I wanted to see how many different ways I could extend my personality, or my identity into my work , I find that to do more truthful than not.
I keep exploringwithin Ghanaian traditional cultural heritage, especiallyswimming through the gamut of Adinkra symbols which forms part of the African Alphabets born out from an oral story telling tradition and have grown up in a variety of forms across the African continent and the Diaspora.
Sacred patterns from Traditional kente cloth, a great harmony of spiritual peace and beauty. The deployed lines in the painting, some thin, thick, shot, long, curved, straight, all harmoniously interlocking into an organic whole, only reinforces the Africa world-view, which is characterized by Unity, Harmony, Balance, Spirituality and organic interrelationship and interdependence of all beings with the universe, living and non living, animate and inanimate.
This piece glows gradually through a calm moment of deep meditation yet you must keep on the watch and pray to conquer the divine path to spirituality. Every minute of movement in life is highly definitive, constructing a solid linkage within the past and present, space and time. The painting creates a strong exercise for the viewer, giving him or her new space to work and explore all the communicative energies embedded in these sacred Adinkra symbol.
The display of a complex composition of strokes of identity, with variety of shape and form of Adinkra symbols, projecting some prominently and push other symbolsbehind, the rough edges of these symbols define my new identity and original approach in bring out these sacred symbol to life.
Locomotion (Moment to Find Your Path) 2013 Amoako Peter
No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk on the path, stick and stay focus in search for the true path. As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make even a physical path, we walk again and again. To absorb the spiritual essence of movement, one must constant devote and embrace to the path keeper.
This painting is directly inspired by Ghanaian traditional kente cloth called “Mwomu,” literately means using needle and fine thread to create variety of vertical strips of colours within an already- woven kente cloth; since the weaver will introduce much colour to the cloth, when weaving with needle, the background colour is mostly limited to one or two schemes, it is usually woven by a selected members of the royal clan in Ntonso, a small weaving, dyeing, and farming community located at the southern part of Ghana, Ashanti region (kwabre district).
This cloth is mostly worn by a traditional court of dignitary during funeral and festive occasions and mostly worn once for an occasion. The gradual immerging strokes from the red background depict individual movement to find the needed path to life and the moment to sustain through the infinite world; many people are struggling to fine their lane and how to keep them without being distracted, hence the title a moment to find your path.
Duafe hye Etirimu 2017 Amoako Peter
On a deeper level, my work goes far beyond the materiality and corporality of two dimensional forms to transcended reality behind the physical surface. Drawing upon a vein of ancient Africa religious ideograms, patterns from kente cloth and linguistics, most especially Adinkra symbols.
I aimed at a symbolic expression of a spiritual journey and spiritual knowledge to recapture the lost power of traditional African art. The role of colour in this work is to suffuse the room where the painting is hanging with its complex illumination, and to elicit visual intimacy and emotional immediacy, thereby providing a kind of spiritual Shamanistic experience for the viewer.
Significantly, this piece display a dominant colour of red glowing through a variety shades of blues, yellow, orange, and purple in thick and thin strokes ofpaint moving in different angles and direction forming and shaping out other sacred symbols.
The piece captures some sacred symbols including: “nsoroma” literally mean the star, which signifies the light of the Supreme Being, and power. “Gye nyame” which signify” except God”, “duafe” literally means hand comb, this symbol signify perfection, these symbols are compose to emit the overwhelming subject of human movement andexhibits the potency.
Keep your Path ii 2012 Amoako Peter
What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle, what if our existence was already mapped out before birth, what if our compass were not placed on the map, what if someone had the power to switch the path we were destined to follow? Where are we coming from, where are we going, life continued to revolve around us.
The constellation of our universe keeps transcending the memories and pathways of humanity into a deeper spiritual mapping, a conference of movements. The journey starts with a step either on a rough or smooth path, yet capturing the real path leading to the future is uncertain. A constant consumption and experimentation of culture, ideas, values, norms, thoughts, concepts and philosophies keep paving ways in search of what life holds for everyone (individual). Every stroke in this piece generates a new path, a new beginning, a new step, a new life.
The varied complex display of multiple brush strokes symbolize the struggle, strength and energy every individual posses on how to move, where to move, when to move and movement through the infinite world. There is an Akan adage “nea )twa 3sa, wo nim s3 nakyi akyia” the one who creates the path does not know how crock hispath has become.
The dominating colour shades of purple, and grey keep growing from shade to shade, shape to shape, line to line, form to form encapsulating the calming movement of individual from one point to another.
In Akan traditions purple symbolizes; nobility, royalty, luxury, power, devotion, mystery, independence and ambition. We are made to keep on searching and recapture the spiritual essence of our movement in life.
Sacred Conversation 2017 Amoako Peter
My tongue is a shrine
On which god takes a rest;
And form a world out of bliss!
My tongue isn’t a river of guilt,
It is an ocean of remembrance;
A universe of conversations –
Running into a sea of sanctum!
On this piece, there is little space for void to take shape. Instead, a persistence prospecting of the artist’s spiritual nature and of the cosmos becomes sacrosanct – a narrative that brightens into the kind of creative force behind existence. Sacred conversation is painted in gold, yellow, red, white and interspersed with blues and blacks to give it a serenade of narrative; narrative that re-affirms a solitary sojourn into the attainment of divineness by the artist.
The world of human experience is viewed as one fluid organic whole in which spirit men, women, animals, plants, and elements are engaged in continuous interaction, hence the title “sacred conversation.”
For the Africa, the relationship with the ancestors, and through the ancestors, with God, permeates the whole of life. The invisible world of spirit and the visible world of physical existence blend into and symbolically influence each other. The physical world conjoins with the divine as one entity.
A careful scrutiny of the artwork, one is privy to see the face of a supposed divinity with a mouth and teeth, with complex strokes forming a drum, which the artist captured closely in front of the mask bringing to bear the total bond between the ancestors and the message of a known drum from men.
The drum is engraved with a divine symbol called “Mako Nyinaa” a symbol of inequality, mimicking an identity of a sacred star, evoking its power through the sound of the drum, transmitting a divine message to the spiritual world, (human verses the ancestors in deep communication) – illustrating such divinity in the nature of humanity.
This reinforces provocative discourse on the subject of how the tangible nature of a creative force could be. The piece portray three sacred Adinkra symbols including; “Musuyide3” a symbol of good fortune, “Dwennimen” a symbol of power and strength, and “Mako nyinaa” a symbol of inequality.
These three sacred symbols encapsulate independent movement of life in human race, the urge to reach out for the best in life. Amoako’s under the duress of his creative muse communes’ chapters and patterns of himself, his spirituality and artistry composition in such profundity that is only sacred in linguistics – a universal existential energy that catalyzes his spiritual self into such refined painting.