Artist Talk /Q&A
Tell us a little bit about your painting style?
I classify my art as contemporary Afro-pop. I can say its a mixture of some cubistic aspects and a blend of surrealism.
I decided to make this kind of art because its an expression of how I feel. I don’t know how I got here, its not like I decided to make it. It’s the painting leading me to make it.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Elangwe Sesse, artistically known as Sesse. My birthday is on the 25th of February. I am from Cameroon, and I currently live in Buea, which is located in the south west region of Cameroon. I have a B.sc in Political Science and Public Administration.
Being an artist to me is freedom, I don’t know what I would do without painting. It is a very important part of my life, I would definitely be frustrated if I don’t paint or do art as a whole.
What is the message behind your art?
The message behind my paintings is pretty much the ideology of change for every black person.
I feel like we need to put on this big eye of change, we need to strive to achieve big things, we need to open our eyes to bigger visions and achievements.
It’s not news that we have been through a lot of oppression. My work is focuses on enlightenment to all black people.
What inspires you, and how does your artwork represent you?
My artworks represent me because when you see my style you will definitely know that this is Sesse. From the eyes, the cubistic figures, and the way I arrange my subjects. It definitely represents me.
A lot of things actually inspire me from my surroundings, day to day life, other artists. Big artists like Picasso, and Van Gogh inspire me.
What is your favorite medium?
Acrylic on canvas is my favorite medium. I use it all the time. Some people complain that acrylic is tough, but it is easy for me. Not that easy. I know how to use it to represent my subjects.
Tell us About Your Works in the Exhibition?
The works in this exhibition cite black people who strive for bigger things, that is why I used people like Jean Michael Basquiat, and Jay-Z.
All those who had the bigger eye for the bigger things. An empowerment for black people to be involved in doing big things in this world.
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