Female African Artist

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Chakaia Booker

Country: United States

Style: Expressionist Sculpture

Medium: Rubber tires, metal and wood

Fun Fact: Booker builds her free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures by looping and layering carefully cut sections of tires and rubber tubes onto wood and steel armatures, making sure that the understructure is rarely visible. Drawing on her roots in textile art, she sometimes adapts weaving and tufting techniques to the rubber

Quote:

“I do get up each morning and begin my day sculpting myself,” Booker said. “It’s not that it’s a mirroring of exactly what I do (as an artist), but it is about coming to the creative moment right off the start.

"And it starts with me and making my own statement and having my own voice before I get to the studio to continue doing what I do.”


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Works

1. The Fatality of Hope,

2. “Meeting Ends,

3. Repugnant Rapunzel (let down your hair)

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Elsa Gebreyesus

Country: Eritrea (via Ethiopia, Kenya and US)

Style: Abstract

Medium: Acrylic and Mixed Media

Fun Fact: 

Elsa Gebreyesus lived in Ethiopia, Kenya, and United States before going on to receive her BA from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. After Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia, she lived there for five years, working as a Project Officer with an indigenous women’s organization.  After leaving Eritrea, she came to the U. S. where she’s been pursuing her career and her lifelong passion for art. In addition to her work and art, she also volunteers with organizations involved with human rights issues especially in Africa. She continues to learn from artists she admires and has been greatly influenced by modernist painters from both Africa and the West.

Quote: Each of my paintings starts with a loose sketch, landscape or object and is built up with layer upon layer of paint. Often it will be in a state of chaos before the process of adding and subtracting begins. I do not start with an end in mind when I begin a painting, instead the challenge is to find the end. This process to me is a type of meditation – an intimate conversation between the materials and myself.

I am drawn to abstract compositions because they require us to stop and reflect, to ask questions. Abstract art is also open to multiple interpretations. Each viewer will bring his or her own experiences into play as they contemplate the work.

Works

1.Toward the Horizon

2. Untitled

3.  Silenced II

4. Looking for Spring

5.  Cape Fuscia

6. In The Beginning

7. The Texture of Sound II

See more at http://www.elsabet.com/

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Peju Alatise

Country: Nigeria

Style: Contemporary

Medium: Cloth and Canvas

Fun Fact: With a strong focus on the significance and power of womanhood, Peju uses clothing in her art as a literal and metaphorical representation of humans. She hopes that the resulting sense of emptiness gives the audience a moment of inflection, and an incentive to question prefabricated beliefs.

Quote:  ‘the entire show is a dramatisation of fantasy, beliefs and fables. An extremely important aspect of Wrapture is Folklore. Olurombi is a Yoruba folklore story that has stopped being told and has been replaced by stories of Cinderella or dwarves. My presentation of ‘The Rapture of Olurombi’s Daughter’ is a response to the hypocritical assumptions of what stories the African child should learn with. We as a people have denied ourselves and the world the benefit of our own stories. This self-denial is taught at the earliest state of intellectual maturity to ensure there is an elimination of self-worth. 'The Rapture of Olurombi’s Daughter’ is a piece which captures the exact moment when she is raptured and all that remains of her is her essence.’

Not only is Eric Cooper a very talented author, he’s also a very vocal equal rights advocate. So this week Dave and Ben sit down with Eric and talk about his Change.org petition to demand all the different comic bookconventions feature more diversity. The audience is growing and becoming more diverse. The industry is slowly doing the same, it’s time for the cons to reflect that. So sit back and listen to Eric’s message, and when you are done, stand up and help make a difference. Enjoy!

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Florence Wangui

Country: Kenya

Style: Realism

Medium: Charcoal on Paper, Oil on Canvas

Fun Fact: Third Prize Winner of Kenya’s Manjano in 2013

Quote: “I didn’t show anyone my sketch book until, late 2011, when I met Patrick Mukabi and told him I wanted to become a great artist and I’d appreciate his help,” “My mother was very strict and made us stay indoors while she went to work, so that’s when I had time to draw.”

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Elizabeth Alice Catlett Mora aka Elizabeth Catlett

Country: United States/Mexico

Style: Printmaking/Sculpture/Lithography

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Fun Fact: Her father, who died when Catlett was young, was a respected mathematics professor at Tuskegee Institute, where Booker T. Washington and George Carver taught years earlier. Having been denied admission to the Carnegie Institute because she was African American, Catlett attended Howard University and later earned a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Iowa.

Quote:

“Art is only important to the extent that it aids in the liberation of our people.”

Works

1. I have special reservations

2. Civil Rights Congress

3. Sharecropper

4. A Special Fear for my Loved Ones

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