In the midst of this process there's a lot of eduction & emotion that come from friends, classes, books, blogs and more books. I find myself feeling like I'm back in college as I study such a broad scope of topics in hope to better my parenting abilities. And while I originally started researching art from a cultural standpoint, what I am so clearly understanding is that it has provided me a doorway into the country's soul.
I seem to learn more about the spirit of the people so much better than any book could share with me. The personal expression relayed in these pieces makes me feel like my education finally has a pulse and that makes me feel closer to LT and her ancestors.
In today's artist spotlight, I'm showcasing Ethiopian artist Fikru Gebre Mariam
There is an emotional intensity to these paintings that speaks of struggle yet strength. They feel undeniably African in both color hue a well as the images feel somewhat inspired by traditional Ethiopian art. There is a sadness, beauty and mystery of the hope that lies within the people. There is also an intention to reveal pride - personal, community and cultural.
These painting offer a complexity in their abstract nature that speaks to me in a soul to soul way - during a time where I am wanting to feel closer to LT, I go to Ethiopian art to connect me to the source. Thank you to all the artists and stay tuned as I was so lucky to be able to purchase one of my favorite paintings (that I've featured earlier) as a symbol of my union with LT. I will reveal it soon...