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© the artist. Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Anya Paintsil’s work explores her dual Welsh and Ghanian heritage and lived experience as a person of colour growing up in North Wales. Her work is rooted in her upbringing; it is profound and light-hearted, mischievous and political. The female figure in 'Blod', with her long, arching arm and decorated by a sprinkling of flowers, is a representation of Blodeuwedd, a central character in 'Math fab Mathonwy', the fourth of the Four Branches of the Mabonogi. The Mabonogion are the earliest prose stories in Britain; compiled in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries from longstanding Welsh oral traditions. In Paintsil’s 'Blod', whether it is herself or a member of her family, she casts a black body within that Welsh folk tradition. Paintsil has spoken about the importance of defining her cultural inheritance on her own terms, placing herself and her family, along with the Welsh language, in a way that is both deeply personal and political.





acrylic, wool, synthetic hair, alpaca, mohair & human hair on hessian


H 140 x W 110 cm

Accession number

NMW A 25099

Acquisition method

presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of the Derek Williams Trust, 2023

Work type

Textile art


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