Photographer : Tarishi Gupta / Photo Edit : A.C.D.
Assistant Photographer : Circé Malnoy
Name : Amah Cynthia Dongo ( A.C.D.)
Birth Place : Paris, France
Birthdate : September 14
Residence : New York City, New York
University of California : Davis ( B.A.) English Literature
Davis, California : USA
The New School : Parsons School of Design (AAS) Fashion Design
New York, New York : USA
Cal Arts- Typography /History of Logos / Letters- Courses
Languages : French & English
3 words to describe myself : Chameleon, Maverick, Progressive
Painting : I began painting in 2019. It started with seeing a butterfly.
Thematic elements of the painting: Psychology, Human psyche, Identity, Duality, Juxtapositions, Surrealism, Cubism, Geometric Abstraction, Bold Colors, Trompe O'eil , Multiple Meanings, Narrations, Balance, Print Design, Illustration, Futuristic/Voyageurism , Rebellion.
Style : Right now I am exploring the geometric abstraction a lot more, while developing other stylistic concepts as I am a rookie so I have to give myself time to explore and practice. The geometric abstraction series comes from my love of shapes, stories, and cubism. So in some ways I would not call it abstraction because there is something intentional. I try to create meaning and value to shapes and colors. When I use red I know the power and signification.It is perhaps viewed more forceful to use angular lines, however I think there is an interesting dichotomy of how these lines can be used to create a visual that is beyond its scope. I also am very inspired by architectural forms and my favorite architects include Le Corbusier and Hiroshi Nakamura. My favorite artist is obviously Picasso but I love works of Basquiat on a color schematic and works of Tamara de Lempicka who brought art deco to life with lines, shadows, and power to her paintings.
Colors : I have tetrachromatic vision. It is hard to explain. I see down to the gradient and I can also emulate the idea of seeing colors to the viewer. Some of the paintings change in different lightings not because of the colors being used but by the placement and relation to one another. And I truly believe in color therapy. I need my personal space to be infused with it. And my personal style is also very colorful. I do get overwhelmed when I look at colors for a long period of time. I have different setting of light bulbs to ease and adjust my eyes. I prefer painting at night versus day light which is unusual. In a strange dualistic nature I see light in the dark. It is easier for me to paint in dim light visually. Colors are defined by the light it emits. And I see the light in my mind. I mix the colors as I paint and I often work with natural pigments. This can be seen in some of the paintings with strong hues. It allows me to control the gradient and warmth. Colors are very powerful and I am not afraid of its power or manipulate its usage.
Process & Projects: I started art and the projects in 2019 so in many ways I'm a baby to my own ideas. Therefore the process is very visceral in that I'm learning the range of what my hands can do. I can easily paint and make it a digital story the next . And later make it into a garment. I do not know I could paint oil until I did. I learned to knit from 2 pages of a book and created something entirely different. So there is a shock to my own system in that there is this mix of what I know, what I learn,and ultimately how to put it all together. So the first aspect of this webstie which was the baby to the bigger concepts is really allowing the viewer to see glimpse of what it is like. The evolution of it is what I called metamprophosis which is me fully understanding how to piece it all together. Much like a labyrinth that is what my mind is like and the key I've found is my hand.