"I love the exuberant color expression, infusion and experimentation. I'm drawn to the element of euphoria…."
"Abubakar Sulemana is my name. I'm from Accra in Ghana. I transform silk threads into images, a kind of delicate threadwork that emulates paintings. I love the exuberant color expression, infusion and experimentation. I'm drawn to the element of euphoria which tends to infect the artist and the buyer.
"I got interested in this art by events that led me into my genre. I was taught by my instructors at Ghanatta College. I mastered this craft by improvising, using self-devised and inspired tools.
"As my involvement grew, so did my learning and mastery. I gained experiential attributes as well as artistic status as a mature proponent of this art. I get my inspiration from my immediate surroundings, imaginations and sub-conscious mind.
"Today, I have taught my younger brother and give back to my community by nurturing and unearthing young talents.
"I've been a vegetarian for a long time. However I began transitioning to a raw vegan, which I believe is best for me. I was confronted with a series of unprecedented challenges and events, all arising from people who disagree with my choice. I faced fierce opposition, especially from my mum.
"I nearly succumbed to them when had a wake-up call. I felt it through my instincts. So I gained composure and reinstated my thoughts to be a raw vegan, thanks to my intuition.
"Art is not a career that brings in a lot of money. My friends say I am assertive, defiant to challenges and one who possesses a high sense of humor. All this helped when I decided to work on my own. I didn't have a place or startup capital. So I started working from home and made some capital with which I rented a workshop.
"My hope is to rise to the top of this platform and reach the pinnacles of my career. I want to become the most sought after practitioner in the diasporas. My dream is to literally center on my project and narratives, which capture and disseminate the prevalent socio-economic issues identified with our demographics and seek holistic ways to address them."
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