Ashanti Girl

My father is from Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana. I was born in the south, in Accra.

From Wikipedia ” The name Asante “warlike” derives from the 1670s as the Asanti went from being a tributary state to a centralized hierarchical kingdom. The Ashanti Empire was founded in 1670 and the Ashanti capital Kumasi was founded in 1680 by Asantehene (emperor) Osei Kofi Tutu I on the advice of Ɔkͻmfoͻ Anͻkye, his premier.”

“The Ashanti  ethnic group is a wealthy ethnic group due to large gold deposits that are mined within  Kumasi…Ashantiland is endowed with large deposits of gold and diamonds. Ashantiland  is a top-9 gold producer on Earth,[11] with other industrial mineral deposits of economic value  include diamonds, manganese, bauxite with a high content of aluminium and silica, iron, clay and limestone with traces of copper, platinum, lithium,tin arsenic and mica”

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Jazz Odalisque

“I think everything is terrible. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything. I’ve had a very bad time Nicky. I’m pretty cynical about everything … And I asked the nurse if it was a boy or a girl. And she said it was a girl. And I wept. I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she will be a fool. That is the best thing a girl in this world can be.  A beautiful little fool. All the bright precious things fade so fast and they don’t come back”

-Quote arrangement of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s line in the Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby.

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In loving memory of all the times I walked down the Seine around the Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis eating Berthillon ice-cream. Also for the times I walked after classes through Saint Germain des Pres looking up at the rooftops listening to the jazz soundtrack of Yves Saint Laurent.

*Painting inspired by paintings of Helena Lam who was obviously inspired by Gustav Klimt.

What Katie Davis says about this:

The detail in this is so incredible!!! I love the color scheme and I really want to have her room with such an amazing view!! I also really like how you painted all the little lights on the Eiffel Tower and how the sky has subtle gradients of blues. Very beautiful!!

The Song of Solomon

One of the many memorable moments in college for me was the last session of the Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by Prof. Cynthia Baker. Instead of class we had a picnic while we took turns reading the Song of Solomon. The picnic was appropriate due to the metaphors and similes in that refer to fruits, spices, gems and flowers.

The Song of Solomon is a duet between a love-struck man and woman who pine for each other and describe each other’s beauty poetically. This is one of two books in the Bible that does not mention God by name. The second is the Book of Esther.

I tried to translate all the metaphors and similes in the poem as a painting.

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What Katie Davis has to say:

I love all the rich colors and I really like how the light reflects off of all the different elements of the painting. I also love the way you painted the smoke, kind of translucent and flowing. This is beautiful! I really like the person in this as well. Seems so sad… you portray emotion really well!