Artist Statement

Me and Frida and Me Bouquet

Enam’s creative practice merges textile and surface pattern techniques with traditional painting practices. Much of her 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 Enam’s work now becomes a telling testament of her collective, lived experiences.

Textiles as a medium allows Enam the freedom to experiment with materials. Working through the processes of knitting, embroidery, wirework, weaving and printing in addition to painting allows limitless expression and creates stimulating, sensory ways to tell stories. Her affinity with the handmade is rooted in the cultural history of her Ewe (Ghana) ancestors where weaving was once revered. Its value is intrinsic to her practice and inspires her passion for promoting craft and the handmade. She is concerned by the gradual decline of traditional handcraft in general and the decline of the communities that were once sustained as its value as viable trade is overtaken by technology.

During the process of creating a textile piece, a force of kinetic energy is created that merges and travels with the piece, transmitting to those who come into contact with it and becoming part of their lived experience. This cyclical energy transference has a cathartic influence that the machine made item lacks. As a practitioner Enam works to restore this and to revive craft’s status while attempting to question society’s increasing dependence on technology and consumerism.