“I use my body as a tool to paint and perform…”

Adelaide Damoah is a British artist of Ghanaian descent whose earlier work combined African and Western influences while highlighting social issues.

After graduating in 1999 with an honours degree in Applied Biology, Damoah went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry. During this time, she was diagnosed with endometriosis- following many years of chronic pain. Damoah’s time spent convalescing allowed her to learn more about painting.

Her current practice involves using her body as a “living paintbrush” to paint or print onto various surfaces. The artist works with photographs and text later in the creation of the work. Damoah’s new direction was inspired by a desire to subvert Yves Klein’s “Anthropemetrie’s” series. She engages in live performances of the first part of her creative process- body printing and writing.

Damoah cites her main influences as being Judy Chicago, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hammons, Yves Klein, Sokari Douglas Camp, Rachel Ara and Ana Mendieta. Solo exhibitions to date include This is Us, Supermodels, Black Lipstick, and a domestic violence exhibition for registered charity, the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Adelaide Damoah interviews visual artists for her Youtube channel. The videos form a series called Art Discussion. First started in 2011 as blog interviews, the series seeks to discover how artists overcome their biggest challenges, achieve their biggest successes and aims to give advice to artists at the start of their careers.

Damoah lives and works in London and is a founding member of the BBFA (Black British Female Artists Collective).


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