2021 Absa L’Atelier Ambassador: Winning artist in Group C

Portfolio statement

Michael Blebo was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1993. He holds an Honors Degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Kwame Nkrumah University if Science and Technology, Ghana.

As an emerging artist Blebo combines both his independent art practice and work with unconventional material such as white clay (shile), charcoal, natural pigment, brown paper, chipboard, etc. Scale plays a major role in his artworks as he was influenced by the large scale works of some artists such as Richard Serra, Laurie Lipton and Adonna Khare.

Blebo employs sculpture, installation and drawing at the helm of his practice. Through his art practice he experiments and is inspired by his environment as it is flooded with visible and invisible patterns of objects which in a way turn out to present itself as abstract. Blebo explore layers of deep memory and myth that bear the forces (good and evil) in the environment as would be objectified through his artwork as biomorphic drawings.

In this body of artwork for the Absa L’Atelier, Blebo explores his environment and domestic architecture decay on the dialectic of what is lost and what is left and questions what secrets remain.