Abena Addo (AKA Artfully Yours) is the founder of this site, and has been working on art projects, and been creating art for long time. 'I feel like art is a part of me, and very much connected to who I am as a person. If I don't do it, or am not involved in facilitating the doing of it for a long while it would make me feel unhappy. Some people would not understand that and would see it as just a frivolous activity, but to quote Salome Russell "It's in my blood". Some people describe my art as African Art, and in that sense I guess it does reflect my heritage . As well as being interested in expressing human emotion that cuts across identities of various kinds, I am very much stimulated and driven by the depiction of African Diasporic peoples. The style and the individualistic nature of it's production would put it more in the style of the Western
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tradition, in that in many cases in Africa, Art had a more communal and functional purpose. Having said that, I do not feel totally part of the 'Arts for Arts sake' kind of mindset, and do feel that sense of telling a story or a kind of conversation with my Ancestral Heritage, and looking also, to the future. But at the same time, I believe much of what or who we identify with is a largely social construct, and do not want to be forced into making images because that's what is expected of me, so there should still be that part whereby sometimes it is just 'Art for art's sake. I wanted to set up this space because, I want to encourage the making, doing, buying and survival of art , and not restrict it to one style of work."
Pics Kindly taken by Guiliana Capasso. Thank you.