Out of Africa
I’ve just posted a new silk painting in my shop on Etsy that I’m quite excited about. I’ve written earlier about my love of ancient culture and my background in ancient art history, so I won’t outline all that again. This hanging is composed of motifs from a few cultures, but I think they make a cohesive composition. The beautiful ladies (at left, middle) are from Chad and date back to 3000 B.C.E. The elegant giraffe (at left, bottom) is taken from Nigerian rock art and was carved around 4000 B.C.E. The pot is from Iran’s Susa culture and dates back to 2800 B.C.E.
I’ve attempted to catch the descriptive quality of the lines these ancient artists achieved and hope you agree my effort meets with success. This painting is done on very nubby silk shantung, mimicking the rough stone surface of the originals. The piece is 25″ wide and 32″ long. I’ve decorated the bottom hem with colorful ceramic disc beads from the island of Mykonos.
This is definitely a multicultural piece of art!