ARTIST

YaaSerwaah Akuoku is a NYC based creative, acknowledged for her thought provoking Wearable Art that dares to question the distinction between fashion and “traditional” Art. She is an Alumna of the Fashion Institute of Technology. During her time at FIT; Akuoku obtained degrees in both Fashion Design and in Entrepreneurship for the Fashion Design industries. Her work has been acknowledged by publications including Allure, Harper's Bazaar Russia, Essence, Blavity, and New York Times Style.

Akuoku’s uniqueness among her peers; lies in the intersection of her high-level ability to conceptualize original innovative ways of approaching fashion and her Passion for both science and contemporary fine art. The fusion of these elements continue to influence her forward-thinking ecstatic. These elements; fused with her international travels throughout Brussels, Antwerpen and Amsterdam as well through-out the U.S; has coalesced to both influence her sophisticated perspective in analyzing art and also in her novel approach to fashion via her brand of "Wearable Art", Haus of YBA.

 

ARTIST

Implementing an artistic approach to cerebral subject matter, I am interested in developing a further understanding of life by investigating quintessential, sometimes unassuming; states of the living experience. The basis of my examinations as an artist stem from the pervasive question “what is the meaning of life?” …or my preference,” How does life work?”

I am interested in tearing open the fabric of “reality” and peering into the nuances of perspective. Observing, interpreting and expressing though amplified interpretations, giving rise to deeper comprehension and quite paradoxically further questioning. To simplify, I am intrigued by getting to the “Nitty-Gritty of concepts”

I opt to incorporate the most appropriate mediums to express my intended idea. My methods focus primarily on “Wearable-Art”, however, as a multi-disciplinary artist who often utilizes fabric as her canvas, I also integrate literature, Performance studies and traditional/digital illustration and videography .

Additionally, interpreting art from other areas outside of those related to fashion (past and present) is one of the most inspiring things for me!  When I refer to art in this statement, I am including, but not limiting, this reference to how it is perceived traditionally. To me, art encompassing various expressions of “beauty” – the symmetry in nature, the dual nature of particles, the mystery of consciousness itself – this is all awe-inspiring. 

 

Aesthetically, my work places a heavy emphasis on surrealism. I am particularly transfixed on simulating the brilliant design of human anatomy. My design style; described as conceptual, electric and rebellious invokes the use of inventive detail and audacious silhouettes, it intrigues me to push the standardly assumed limitations of what is perceived as fashion and what is “traditional” art.  
 
 
 

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