Nyornuwofia Agorsor (B. 1983) is a Ghanaian artist (Painter/Musician). She is also a Musician (Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Composer and Performer). Even before she completed her secondary education, she took keen interest in art. Being largely an autodidact, she supplements her skill with studies at the studio of Kofi Agorsor, and she has been at it since completing secondary school. Her work is generally characterized by a childlike innocence that makes it appeal to all, especially children. Being so accessible, Nyornuwofia’s friendly, almost jovial canvases readily disperse their poignant messages without the dizzying pretentions and trappings of the adult world. She believes in the essence of quality family moments and spends a great deal of her time sharing both artistic and academic knowledge with her kids. She says she likes teaching her kids to “keep them on track.” She thinks this part of her life has so much influence on her paintings. Nyornuwofia is the lead Vocalist of the Agorsor Band.
“Never capture comfort and forget the laws, it’s the laws that maintains the comfort.”
My work dwells on these ideals. Whereas there is the tendency to seek the glory without the effort, I suggest that people should endeavor to do the opposite. I am interested in how to harness basic things in life and in our surroundings to create. This should mean that I very much engage contemporary concerns. We live in a time that everything is heavily dependent on technology. For this reason, there is the tendency for people to resort to short cuts. This is what I abhor. Whereas technology can help us to a certain extent, I also will not want technology to take away our culture and traditions. These are the universal values that give to us our humanity. It is a balance of these that I always seek. When I make paintings, I want all my reflections to have voice. I want my audiences to take up responsibilities, especially when they are in privileged positions. If we dwell too much on the comforts, we tend to become ingrates. We always take from the world and yet give nothing back. This is not healthy. It pushes our world out of symmetry. But in seeking symmetry, we also know that all the fingers are never the same. How then do we celebrate our differences as well as our similarities? How do we make this world the better place we want it to be even in our expressions?
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