Philanthropist | Contemporary Multi-Disciplinary Artist | Author
Greetings, I'm Dela Anyah, an artist based in Accra, Ghana, who is passionately dedicated to addressing the pressing issue of climate change through innovative artistic practices. I specialize in up-cycling discarded rubber inner tubes and polypropylene sacks using garment making techniques like weaving and patchwork.
If you're interested in gaining a deeper insight into my artistic journey, I invite you to explore my website, Ideas-Processes-Histories. This platform offers valuable insights into my creative process, the ideas that drive my work, and the historical context that shapes my artistic vision. It highlights how I tackle climate change through my art and underscores the significance of sustainable practices within the art world. For a more personal understanding of my background and artistic achievements, I encourage you to visit BIO-CV. There, you'll find my biography and curriculum vitae, providing a glimpse into my educational background, past exhibitions, and overall artistic development. These details shed light on my journey as an artist and the trajectory of my career.
I am honored to have received recognition for my work, including the prestigious Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art in 2022. This distinguished award serves as a testament to the quality and impact of my artwork within the contemporary art scene, further motivating me to utilize art as a catalyst for change. Additionally, I have had the privilege of presenting my solo exhibition titled "Elementary Rebirth" at the Nubuke Foundation. Curated by Joseph Awuah-Darko, this exhibition explores the perceptions and misconceptions of beauty while delving into fundamental questions of purpose. Through "Elementary Rebirth," I continue to push the boundaries of creativity by using up-cycled degraded rubber tires to create extraordinary artworks that transcend superficial appearances. Each piece carries a poetic representation, inviting viewers to contemplate its depth and inherent meaning. My intention is to spark critical discussions about environmental degradation, consumerism, and the notion of obsolescence, shedding light on the urgent need for sustainable practices.
The intersection of art and environmental issues has always captivated me. Drawing inspiration from Ghana's rich cultural heritage and the African continent as a whole, I integrate ongoing research and a focus on materiality into the themes I explore in my work. By repurposing discarded materials and employing techniques borrowed from garment making, such as weaving and patchwork, I aim to raise awareness about the impact of climate change and waste on our environment. By immersing yourself in the resources available on my website and experiencing my exhibition firsthand, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of my artistic practice. Together, let us embrace the transformative power of art to inspire dialogue, raise awareness, and collectively envision a more sustainable future.
What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?
Discovering my voice amidst a multitude of creative options, ideas, and techniques was a significant hurdle that demanded my attention. As a self-taught creative involved in various fields, such as graphic design and fashion, I had to make sacrifices and let go of numerous potential projects to truly concentrate on my artistic endeavors.
What advice would you offer to young individuals, both locally and internationally, who are embarking on their careers or pursuing their passions?
One of the most valuable lessons I've learned is the importance of focusing on one creative pursuit at a time. As creatives, we often find ourselves tempted to pursue every idea that springs to mind. However, this can place a strain on our resources, resulting in unfinished projects or poorly executed endeavors.
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Below are links to access my biography, CV, and a write-up
that provides insights into my artistic process, materials, and historical context:
Biography and CV: https://delaanyah.com/BIO-CV
Ideas, Processes, and Histories: https://delaanyah.com/Ideas-Processes-Histories
Dela Anyah Awarded at 2022 Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art: https://noldorresidency.com/dela-anyah-awarded-at-2022-kuenyehia-prize-for-contemporary-art/
Dela Anyah Presents "Elementary Rebirth" at Nubuke Foundation: https://noldorresidency.com/dela-anyah-presents-elementary-rebirth-at-nubuke-foundation/
Feel free to explore these links to gain a deeper understanding of my artistic journey, creative process, and the context surrounding my work.