Kofi Agorsor (Artist’s Statement)
I waged war into the spiritual kingdom. On my return, I became positively sound, and sleepy. The most interesting part of it was that it lasted only 17 minutes. On the soil of Ghana, I had a dream. When I woke up, I found myself permanently in Gagahuli, Ouida, in the Republic of Benin.
This is how art is for me. It is a constant battle between the material and the spiritual. To be an artist doesn't just mean painting, playing music, sculpting or even acting, it also means opening up to such ideas as preserving and developing one's spiritual cultural heritage into Science and Technology.
My work is generally about love and affection; about simple everyday situations like relationships, music, religion and being at peace with one’s self and the world at large. Some people have said that my work has characteristics that can be likened to a European or American’s interpretation of African life. Some would say it is the work of an African, interpreting the contemporary concerns of my age. Yet others will also say my work is universal. I feel very universal.
I am always happy as an artist. Art makes me see both in the physical and the spiritual.
The purpose of art then is about brightening the corner where you are. The purpose of art is to be sound in mind, body and soul. It's not about what others are doing or what someone decided. Art does not depend on someone prescribing a mainstream system. Art is freedom.
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