THIS IS ME
Damoah covers her body in oil paint and uses herself as a tool to print on top of her hand written text, resulting in paintings which are not figurative in a classical sense. A deep desire to truly connect with her heritage drives the use of her parents language in the work. She cites her main influences for this evolution as being Judy Chicago, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ana Mendieta.
THIS IS ME
THIS IS US
Exhibited at the Camden Image Gallery in November 2015, “This is Us,” explores the movement of two females in an emotionally intense dance, telling a passionate story of love and heartbreak. Damoah used text directly on the work to explain the story of the models, as well as her personal stories about love.
Combined with text taken directly from various literary works, Damoah hopes to provoke discussion which is outside of the generally accepted “norm,” when it comes to female sexuality and identification.
With special thanks to models and professional dancers Rachel Sparks and Marie Eisenhardt who are featured in the work.
The music- which was the inspiration for the title of the show, was performed at the opening reception by Yvonne Mathieu. Rachel and Marie performed the dance to the song “This is Us” on the evening.
WORKS ON PAPER
Drawings by Adelaide Damoah.
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
On the 1st of October 2009, Adelaide had a showing of ten works on behalf of the charity the National Centre for Domestic Violence. Held in London’s Soho, the evening showing marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month to highlight the work of the charity.
Black Lipstick is a collection of erotic portraits inspired by an exlover. During this period, the artist was actively exploring the more dominant side of her personality, expressed in this series of work of her personal life.
Some of the pieces were deemed too sexually explicit to be shown for more than one night at a prominent London gallery.
Supermodels is a collection of eighteen striking paintings featuring powerful images which distort some well known international supermodels and celebrity icons.
These works completed between 2006 and 2008 by Adelaide Damoah represent an intense period of her career when she was personally affected by the death of Brazilian model Anna Carolina Reston in 2006.
The works were exhibited in 2008 at Nolias gallery in Southwark, London.
The Black Brits exhibition took place in February 2006 in popular menswear designer Charlie Allen’s boutique. Through a series of oil paintings of British icons, Adelaide Damoah sought to ask the British public to think about the nature of iconography by switching the skin colour of icons such as David Beckham and Kate Moss.