Yvonne Osei

April 27, 9:30am - 11:00am CDT. Hosted at St. Louis Fashion Fund

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Yvonne Osei

Yvonne Osei is a Ghanaian transmedial artist based in St. Louis, MO. Her creative practice examines beauty and colorism, the politics of clothing, complexities associated with global trade, and the residual implications of colonialism in postcolonial West Africa and Western cultures. More recently, her work utilizes textiles as an artistic medium to build physical and metaphoric architectural landscapes, to create temporal coverings that alter one’s complexion and physicality, and to dissect the ‘global image’ of West African textiles in our present-day world.

Osei received her M.F.A. in 2016 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Chancellors Graduate Fellow, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellow, and Danforth Scholar. She received her B.F.A. from Webster University, St. Louis, in 2013 and is currently pursuing an MA in Fashion Design and Business at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Osei is the 2016–17 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum; she is the recipient of the 2018 Saint Louis Visionary Award for Emerging Artist and the 2018 Creative Stimulus Award by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Osei is currently the inaugural Curator-In-Residence at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and an Adjunct Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Her solo exhibitions, “Tailored Landscapes” and “Who Discovers the Discoverer?” were recently on view at Laumeier Sculpture Park as part of the Kranzberg Exhibition Series, and the Bruno David Gallery where she is represented.