Annie-Marie Akussah

Portrait of MiAL Artist Annie-Marie AkussahAnnie-Marie Akussah

BA Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts 2018

The inspiration for Annie-Marie’s work is usually found in everyday thoughts and questions on life and society. She has a continual interest in narrating political, social and personal affairs that take place in people’s lives all over the world.

For example her piece ‘Scars after 15’ addresses not only the kidnapping 219 Chibok school girls in Nigeria, but also the destruction that has occurred across the country orchestrated by Boko Haram. The painting aims to accentuate the sadistic acts and murders taking place, while drawing attention to the fleeting media attention that these stories receive. Annie-Marie addresses many such issues with her work, another piece ‘Albino’ looks at the continued ritualistic violence that people with albinism suffer in parts of East Africa.

Annie-Marie also conveys more everyday themes within her work, ‘Autoimmunity’ is a piece about her brother looking for a basketball scholarship in America. She likes to think of her paintings as ‘Painting Journalism’ as she hope to inform and enlighten her audience and increase their awareness of situations and issues happening around them.

Awards and residencies:

Lowes Dickinson Prize 2015; At Working Men’s College, Camden

 

 

 

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