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SOTHEBY'S: "Creation of My Metaverse (Between this World and the Next) 2021"
Original minted NFT artwork for Sotheby's Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale. Sotheby's first NFT group show and auction including 28 of the worlds most cutting edge NFT artists. Catalogue note: "Serwah Attafuah is a digital artist and musician based in West Sydney, Australia. Originally having worked with oil paints, she now creates surreal cyber dreamscapes and afro-futuristic reflections of self with strong ancestral themes. In Creation of My Metaverse (Between this World and the Next), the digital is contrasted with the physical. Dilapidated satellites coexist next to carved stone towers and pillars reminiscent of the ancient world. Planets lie on the ground, no longer in orbit, while two figures in poses echoing Michael Angelo’s Creation of Adam dominate the scene. These cherubic cyborgs are reflections of the artist herself, and by linking them back to one of the most recognizable moments in the history of art, Attafuah visually illustrates her experience as both an oil painter and a digital artist. Yet, in Creation of My Metaverse, it is the artist who is God; she carves out terrain, orchestrates where its light and shadow fall; in short, it is she who makes up all the rules. Attafuah’s work, in its Rococo flair, stands out for its tantalising dialogue with art history and their eye for elegantly conceived compositions. In her work, techno-surrealistic landscapes are populated with characters drawn equally from science fiction as they are from worlds of 18th century painters Fragonard and Watteau. She equally stands as an highly important and visible artist opening up discussions and giving presence to empowering images of afro-futurist identity in the NFT space. These futurist conceptions all too often are figured as a dominantly white visual reality and Attafuah’s work stands as a rebuke to this dominant narrative."
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