Enam Gbewonyo British, b. 1980

Gbewonyo’s creative practice merges performance, textiles and traditional painting
practices. Working through these mediums allows her limitless avenues of
expression and a freedom to experiment with materials thereby creating stimulating,
sensory ways to tell stories.

Much of Gbewonyo’s earlier work drew on the influences of the natural world and
sought to translate ideas of humanity through nature’s tactility. Her practice has since
evolved to investigate the issues that influence the way we navigate the world. Those
of identity, womanhood and existence. In this way Gbewonyo’s work now becomes a
telling testament of her collective, lived experiences.

Her work also fuels her advocacy for the handmade which is rooted in the cultural
history of her Ewe (Ghana) ancestors where weaving was once revered. She is
concerned by the gradual decline of traditional handcraft and the communities it once sustained as its value as viable trade is overtaken by technology. As a practitioner Gbewonyo works to revive craft’s status while questioning society’s increasing dependence on technology and consumerism.