Dry point prints and monoprint. 2013
GABOSIA is an ongoing series of drypoint prints, started 2013 during a period of reflection on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Amartey's father.
The Prints illustrate scenes of an elaborate mythology designed specifically to offer answers to the mystery surrounding his Father's passing.
Gabos is the antagonist after which the series is named, taken from a mantra used in Louis Theroux’s documentary on Miami’s mega-jail, ‘Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy’.
The pieces are haunting and satirical, using images and characters put together from various google images, news reports and reality TV, their likenesses eliciting a dark comedy when so clearly derooted from their typically esteemed cultural image.
Despite the theme,GABOSIA uses Amartey's reality of not knowing his fathers last moments as an opportunity to fill in the gaps with romance, service and optimism.