Pseudo Traditional Wood Sculptures in TTU, Ghana: A Study of Four Works by an Artist-Lecturer
Keywords:Akan and Yoruba ethnicity, Artist-lecturer, Ghanaian art, traditional relief wooden sculptures, Takoradi Technical University
AbstractThis paper focused on the general characteristics of traditional wood sculptures produced in the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) community by an artist-lecturer from the Akan and Yoruba ethnic backgrounds. Through the qualitative research approach, the paper gave an anthropological perspective on the traditional wood sculptures produced in TTU as a primary art form that served as an inspiration for young Ghanaian artists. The population for the study were four (4) wood carved sculptures, namely: two heads are better than one, Africa, the blessed continent, justice and security and transition; and the sculptor who produced the traditional wood sculptures. Data were collected from the Artist-Lecturer using unstructured interview and direct observation with photographs. The data were analysed using visual and interpretive analysis tools. The paper revealed that the four traditional wood sculptures by the artist-lecturer attest that the Akan and Yoruba ethnic groups found in Ghana and Nigeria-West Africa are very religious groups of people with their beliefs and religious practices known to be very spiritual and powerful. It is hoped that other Ghanaian artists from different ethnic backgrounds could share similar traits of their beliefs and religious practice to enrich the arts and culture of Ghana.
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