Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng - Featured Artist
Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng is a ceramic and mixed media artist. He holds a BA Industrial Art (Ceramics option) from KNUST, Ghana, and an MFA in Ceramics from Illinois State University, USA. Japheth is a member of Artaxis, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and International Academy of Ceramics. He has exhibited his works in several prestigious solo and group exhibitions in Ghana and the United States including Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA, Blue Line Arts, Roseville CA, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati OH, DAAP Galleries, Cincinnati OH, University Galleries, Normal IL, Taylor Gallery, Newark DE, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia PA, Rachel Cooper Gallery, Normal IL, Jamestown Café, Accra, Ghana. He was a presenter on the theme “Ghanaian Ceramics Now: Ahoↄden! at 2021 NCECA Conference.
Japheth has works in the permanent collections of the University Galleries, Normal, Illinois and other private collectors in the United States.
Japheth is a Baber Fellow, Multicultural Fellow (of NCECA), Lela Winegarner Fellow and Marshal Dulaney Pitcher and Zenobia Scholar.
Japheth’s works are largely inspired by traditional Ghanaian symbolism. His research and creative practice are inspired by Kente and its history in materiality (expanding its symbolism) and explore the communicative potential of fabric and fibers to discuss the experiences and the complexities of the diaspora.
My work and research have been an adventurous journey to find a space of belonging and solace. I borrow the communicative potential of fabric and fiber to discuss very personal, intimate and complicated issues of parenting, migration and displacement. My processes and materials used discuss experiences that impact the body, mind and soul.
Thinking through these works continuously fuels the quest to find answers to some very peculiar questions about parenting and parenthood behind the screen.