An original hand embroidered custom textile.
Note: All pieces are currently in our gallery show Masks, up now through November 11th. All pieces will ship after that date. If you have any questions, please email customer service [at] raredevice.net
As an artist of West African descent I'm interested in the history of masks and their use in the daily lives of my ancestors. They are a cultural symbol that has often been labled as primitaive, dark, backwards and craft rather than fine art. As I explore my place in the African Diaspora - a person apart from my ancestral culture who lives in another more Eurocentric one, I often think about perception, history and integration, both in the face of the dominant culture and on a personal level within myself. Yoruba masks have both ceremonial and cultural significance. What does it mean for me as an artist to utilize that imagery as a person removed from that literal usage? How much of ancestral culture is a mask when living far from "home"?DESIGNER: Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh