LOST FOR WORDS

48"x 48"
Textile, acrylic on canvas
2020

BROKEN ANXIETY

48"x 48"
Textile, acrylic on canvas
2020

FRAGILE

48"x 48"
Textile, acrylic on canvas
2020

UNTITLED

48"x 48"
Textile, acrylic on canvas
2020

UNTITLED

48"x 48"
Textile, acrylic on canvas
2020

Statement

My path of discovery is unprecedented. It is a return to, or rather, an emergence of. There was nothing to protect other than my pure parallel self: Who I am, my identity and essence, my heart, my Togolese heritage. As an African woman who is deaf, I have been discovering my psychology in colours and seeing a connection between bodily trauma and anxiety. As an abstract, expressionistic painter, my series of works evoke flesh, as well as all the light our souls cannot see. My paintings express visual poetry of the “female”, composed of various characteristics like soft and rough palettes of neutral colors and bold tones. I create hybrid forms of textile sculptures, paintings and installations. As a woman and as an African, I self-reflect to produce my recreations of the never-to-be- forgotten and/or erased.  I see the self-worth of objects. Discovering textile in painting has opened the floodgates of my personal triggers and storytelling. As my identity changed, so did my art.