By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Internationally acclaimed pathologist Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa recently opened an exhibition of artworks on “Emotional Surgery” that have the capacity to reduce and stabilize stress at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
In a brief lecture, he stated that works by the artist Dr. Robert Grimmond-Thomspon, who initiated Emotional Surgery, possess the power to reduce stress adding that the rhythmic movements that are prevalent in his works, have the ability to send the body into a restful state.
He said the concept recognizes surgery as a huge emotional activity and its use of colours, geometric shapes, lines and dots speak through the eyes to the brain to reassure the brain while bringing all the components of the body to a base equilibrium.
“It is best prior to anesthesia after the anesthetist has done his/her pre-assessment. Either as a slide show or video, the patient is introduced to an array of colours and objects in a soothing mix that slowly and gradually brings the activities of the body to its resting level”, he said.
“Consequently, the patient is rid of all anxiety and a minimum anesthetic dose may be enough to allow surgery to take place successfully. Indeed, it is even better if the patient is introduced to emotional surgery when surgery is being contemplated”, he added.
Prof. Akosa stated that “Emotional Surgery” can be introduced as a television programme for winding down after a hard day’s work or as a montage for viewing at home or in a gallery. He pointed out that the pervasiveness of general anxiety in today’s society calls for it to be made a daily endeavor thereby bringing quietness, calmness and serenity to the soul.
Undeniably, “Emotional Surgery” works by Grimmond-Thompson comprise cool colours embedded in diverse shapes including rectangles, triangles, circles and other symmetrical outlines and silhouettes that help reduce peripheral awareness while relaxing the viewer.
In other works, the artist employs jute sacs, which are stitched together into a large mass. He incorporates diverse items such as calabashes, brooms, raffia fans, beads, and wooden musical instruments while embellishing them with bits of colour through discarded car toys.
Goethe-Institut Ghana supported the exhibition, which ended on Friday November 16.