Africa: women's art, women's lives

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Africa World Press, 1997 - Art - 187 pages
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In Africa, women's passion to create is evident during times of peace as well as war, under favorable circumstances as well as the most difficult and dangerous imaginable. Their media of expression can be naturally derived or imported. It can vary from monumental stone sculpture to intricate beadwork, or from painting with mud to oil and acrylic. The passion to decorate is evident in daily life from the designs applied to the smallest clay bowls, to the sturdy mud walls of their compounds where women give birth or see life pass away. These decorations are frequently symbolic and the motifs can please as well as reinforce shared community values. Across the African continent, from Timbuktu, Mali to Harare, Zimbabwe or Asmara, Eritrea, whether women weave, sew, sketch, paint, create fabric applique or stone sculptures, their art work often incorporates the duality of myth and reality as they express their hopes, fears, humor, and frustrations.Africa: Women's Art, Women's Lives is based upon a series of adventures to Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and Eritrea from 1990 to 1994. It is about a process of interacting with African women from the perspective of a Western artist and teacher, capable of enjoying their work and appreciating the diverse personal, historical, and cultural circumstances that nurtured their creativity.

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