Journal of
Fine and Studio Art

  • Abbreviation: J. Studio Fine Art
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6524
  • DOI: 10.5897/JFSA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 10

Full Length Research Paper

Space as a unique context for sculpture theory and praxis in Ghana

Emmanuel Eyram Donkor*
  • Emmanuel Eyram Donkor*
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (K.N.U.S.T), Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.
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Kwame Opoku-Bounsu
  • Kwame Opoku-Bounsu
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (K.N.U.S.T), Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.
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Felix Annor Anim
  • Felix Annor Anim
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (K.N.U.S.T), Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 27 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 16 September 2016
  •  Published: 31 October 2016

Abstract

This paper explores autonomous space as subject and object in studio sculpture experimental studies with the backdrop of spatial subjectivities inherent culturally in Ghana. The study looks at contemporary Ghanaian art presentation of space as integral in sculptural compositions contextually, with interests shuffling between inner and outer space, as corresponding to spatial conception in conventional sculpture. Authors trace the traditional conception of space in sculpture and the gradual emergence of space as a medium in opposition to their subjective forms. The study further, through studio-based spatial experimental mappings in emerging contemporary praxis articulates possibilities in exploring autonomous space as medium in sculpture.

Key words: Space, Ghanaian subjectivity, sculpture, contemporary, theory and praxis.