By John Owoo
(At the Museum of Science & Technology – Accra)
An exhibition of works generated from exploring ways of renewing, reinventing and recreating discarded materials is currently underway at the Museum of Science and Technology in Accra.
Participating artists, who are showcasing diverse works, include Nana Anoff, Abigail Asare Bediako, Ed Franklin Gavua, Jonathan Amartey, Rufai Zakari, Tei Mensah Huagie, Matilda Payne and Eric Opoku Boakye-Ansah.
A member of Nima Muhinmanchi Art, works by Rufai Zakari, which are based on pseudo-political abstracts, effectively fuses diverse influences ranging from cubism, geometric patterns and picture pixels while layering them with discarded plastic bottles and fabrics among others.
Internationally acclaimed recycle artist, Tei Mensah Huagie’s work encompass discarded rubber slippers (chale wote), which he cuts into tiny bits and incorporates them on metal plate sculptures tightly held in place by wires and embellished by earth colours.
Ed Franklin Gavua showcased over two dozen distinct African masks fashioned out of waste paper, dry leaves, pegs, sun glasses, Ghana flags, buttons, ropes, wires, beads, plastic flowers and glue. He decorates them with bits of colours in the form of lines and circles.
Politically and environmentally charged works with hints of music by Nana Anoff, comprise mostly thrashed metals and wood, which he integrates with household items and motor vehicle parts while adding flashes of bold colours.
A graduate of the Kunst Academy in Austria, Jonathan Amartey, who has deep interest in environmental issues, engages diverse waste materials including sawdust and fiberglass in his relief paintings and sculptures thereby sending out messages relating to the environment.
With spells in Agriculture and the media, Abigail Asare-Bediako uses plastic bags, CDs, newspapers, card boxes, plastic cups/ bottles, fabrics and fashion accessories to create necklaces, bangles, hair attachments and other beauty items for women.
Award winning artists, Eric Opoku Boakye-Ansah and Matilda Payne make use of car tyres, wood, shells, broken glass, wine corks, fabrics and many more to create functional items such as furniture, fashion accessories and clothes.
Titled “Yoomo Bega”, the exhibition was organized by Kali Etch Foundation with support from the Kokrobitey Institute, Won Bee Ga – Ba, Hipsters of Nature, Promoguide and Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. It ends on Friday February 24.