Exploration of textile art as a medium against corruption in Ghana

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Textile art possess the ability of communicating with the viewer in as much as the visual images are well understood by the viewer. This can be accomplished by utilizing concept based images that makes meaning to viewers at a glimpse. It is based on this that, this project seeks to mount an artistic campaign against corruption in Ghana through the use of textiles and non-textiles materials in a mixed-media technique. Textile art refers to art made of textiles as well as art made about textiles by employing techniques such as appliqué, patchwork, quilting, embroidery, tapestry, dyeing, and painting among others. The study used practice-based research approach. Observation and interviews were conducted to ascertain the level of understanding on corruption. The responses obtained assisted the researcher to come out with art pieces that met the objective of the study. Purposive sampling technique was adopted for the interview for this project. The various art pieces produced have been appreciated by the researcher in this report. The study utilized mixed-media technique for the production of the art pieces. This project serves as an effective communication tool to create awareness on the dangers of corruption in the country. It also helped in expanding the frontiers of textile art by exploiting various techniques and materials. Moreover, the study recommends that the fight against corruption is not the sole duty of the head of state, the law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and the media house but citizens also have a role to play. Therefore, citizens should expose anybody who engages in corrupt practices irrespective of the person being a family member, friend and a superior.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Fine Art (textile design) Faculty of Art, College of Art and Built Environment
Exploration, Textile art, Corruption in Ghana