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  • Maruvian-Sankofa-Mask-Diptych
    • Maruvian-Sankofa-Mask-Diptych
    • Maruvian-Sankofa-Mask-Diptych
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    • 10"x 30" This mask reflects the Sankofa from Ghana which literally means "go back and fetch it" meaning to reflect on your past to enhance the future. These symbols on fabric, gold weights, and carvings are decorative forms that contain folk sayings of wisdom. This is a two part painting.
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  • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
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    • 10"x 30" This image reminds me of a Nautilus swimming in the ocean. This painting was inspired by the Balinese people living near the water. This is a two part painting.
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  • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
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    • The Mende  people are located in Sierra Leone and also include a small group in Liberia; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family. I have captured the traditional rolls in the carvings of their masks and of course added my artistic license of Plastic Space abstraction to this two part composition.
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  • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
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    • Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration, this mask is known for the elongated tongue sticking down from the mouth in an exaggerated fashion. The use of bright colored ribbons are attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about telling funny stories and bringing much laughter. This two part…
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  • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
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    • Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco Chinatown while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs and sweeping motions of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. It is a two part painting capturing the sweeping motion of the floating dragon figure in the signature style…
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  • Maruvian Baluba Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask Diptych
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    • The ancient Luba (or Baluba) were often a ferociously warlike people when confronted by the colonials trying to occupy their lands. They had rich and diverse artistic traditions, and much of their strength is reflected in the masks. This is a two part painting capturing the power and strength of this mask in the signature style of Plastic Space abstraction.
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  • Guacamole II
    • Guacamole II
    • Guacamole II
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    • It was fascinating to watch our waiter make guacamole right at our table while in Mexico. He used a mortar and pestle just like in the painting and dramatically whipped it all together. The whole experience was inspiring!
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  • The Back Beat
    • The Back Beat
    • The Back Beat
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    • This painting is the first of a series of musical pieces inspired by a juried show at the Hammonds House Museum Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the show is to be "From Songhai to Symphony Hall". As I researched to find out a bit about music in the Songhai people of Africa, I discovered that it was once…
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  • Syncopated Rhapsody
    • Syncopated Rhapsody
    • Syncopated Rhapsody
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    • This painting is part of a series inspired by the title "From Songhai to Symphony Hall" to participate in a traveling show through the art group AAFTA and Hammonds House Galleries Atlanta. In my research of Songhai, I discovered that a main instrument called a Njarka (a one stringed instrument) was used to hold the back beat of the musical…
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  • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
    • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
    • Soulful Strings and Percussion Triptych
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    • I have incorporated both stringed instruments and percussion. Images of the violin, guitar, banjo, and piano represent the strings. The talking drum, snare drum, tambourine, Shakara, djembe drum, and xylophone represent the percussion instruments in this painting. They are brought together by the wood and Kente textiles that represent the direct ties to my African Heritage.  I have purposefully blended…
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  • Maruvian Female Society Masks
    • Maruvian Female Society Masks
    • Maruvian Female Society Masks
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    • This painting was initially finished in 2006 but I found that there was an area I felt still needed attention. I completed it in January of 2011. Sometimes a painting seems finished but there can be a nagging area that just doesn't feel right. This was such a case. It may seem insignificant to the viewer, but very important to…
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  • Reaching Through the Bars of Oppression
    • Reaching Through the Bars of Oppression
    • Reaching Through the Bars of Oppression
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    •   This painting uses the technique of my signature style of Plastic Space, which is a form of figurative abstraction inspired by Pablo Picasso. I used the central portion of the canvas to contain a group of women, some with children, huddled together in a cage. Some of the women are desperately reaching with open hands through the bars toward…
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