The World is 9
Living in Addis Ababa the past nine years has been a lesson; a lesson in humility, and a lesson in what it means to return to a land that was foreign to me.
Within the past nine years, one expression of my grandmother that has stuck in my mind is when she would say “The world is 9, it is never complete and it’s never perfect”.
I thought it was interesting, but it wasn’t until much later as an adult that her voice echoed in my thoughts of whether we can live in this world with full contentment.
In a world where we are idealists seeking perfection but living in a reality which does not afford us that balance. Because life is unpredictable, and imperfect, we must conquer these challenges with strength and endurance; because the world within us and the world knocking at our doorstep bear the unknown future.
Regardless, through these experiences, I have been inspired to create 28 new pieces of work. Each image is an exploration of questions about life, love, and history. I am not seeking answers but asking, hopefully provocative questions about the life that we live – as people, as nations, as beings. I have chosen to continue working on body painting, which is inspired by the traditional body art from across Africa. In each a reflection of both conscious and sub conscious manifestation of time and space.