Local mythology in narrative painting

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November, 2015
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This research work stands as an exploration of mythologies and narratives sourced from hitherto marginalised or ill represented cultures in the genre of academic narrative painting which was the most visible genre in major art circles in 15th to 19th century Europe and the world built on the spirit of that time. Through experimentations, exhibitions and audience interactivity I investigate notions of identity and representation in relation to ideas which attempt to explain this popular genre. It is no doubt the power stories and myth have, from a perceived abandoned leisure activity or form of entertainment to a whole field of scientific study as some have it referred to and a tool for possible addressing of pertinent critical issues facing the world we live in today. My research employs the use of exhibitions and audience interactions as my main methodology for collecting and sharing information for my analysis. My studio work which stands between the more definite fields of traditional painting and tableaux installations sets the stage for dialogue to begin or advance on issues bothering on identity and cultural capital considering how the mythological themes of my work are set. The strategies employed in the execution and exhibition of the work stand as inflections on various canons in art and knowledge production and it‟s far reaching associations. Perhaps this gesture however subtle has inspired new imaginaries which could go a long way to institute new configurations of how newer notions of identity and representation are formed.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Fine Art in Painting and Sculpture, 2015