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Anna-Kirsten - "African Masks"
Oil on Canvas
W: 1210mm x H: 910mm x D: 15mm
Approx. Weight: 1.3kg
This work is unframed
About "African Masks"
I was visiting a small town in the Loweveld (South Africa) named Graskop and there is this in credible shop where a man exhibits his collection of traditional African Masks that he has collected over the years. I have always been intrigued by the cultural and traditional meaning for these masks and the craftsmanship. They have so much character and embrace this mystery of being human and what makes us. Also as a little girl my grandparents would have these large African Masks hanging in the staircase towards the bedrooms, every time I walked past them they would make me wonder and they have never left my mind. There is most definitely something personal we all can experience in masks, like the different faces we can put on.
My fascination and affinity goes out to the natural world. I marvel about existence and the mysterious role that every living and non-living thing plays in our universe. Experiencing the delicate interconnectedness of existence and its biodiversity on earth has led me to wonder more into the metaphysical realms. Exploring the transient nature of being and the nature of 'nature': considering life and death as part of a cycle, as well as an eternal coming and going.
"Chicken Challenge" supporting the cause 'Hands at Work' exhibition, South Africa. 2019 (group)