How I started, what it means...
about our gourds...
Making art, pots and accent pieces out of gourds is more than a way of making a living.
It was a timely discovery I had at a time when my sustainability as a female artist was questioned.
Gourd bowls, commonly known as calabashes, are a visual feature of the culture Northern in Ghana where my father is from. Calabashes are used to serve anything from refreshing water to palm wine.
It gives me great fulfillment to know I can make beautiful art from the very material I used as a child to share with you.
In my work, I recognize the gourds themselves as the art and not a medium. Upon arrival, the texture of the gourds may not look consistent or pleasing to the eye. So I view each one as a face, with it’s natural shape, beauty, flaws and blemishes. I then become the make-up artist, emphasizing and bringing out the beauty that already exists through techniques like highlighting, shadowing, trimming, carving and impressing. Like a sculpture from clay, the image reveals itself. This way I am not like a painter with a blank canvas, there is no show of painting skills here. Because of this outlook, each gourd is one-of-a-kind and cannot be replicated or repeated.
My craft becomes holistic when shared! From my studio where they are made to your home, there is a gourd for everyone.
Which one are you drawn to? Let yourself fall in love and take your love home!