Great question Moyo. I've enjoyed reading the responses by the
group. Some of the reasons are so similiar to my own. My
infactuation with African Art begin in the Summer of 2001. I was in a
store located in Baltimore, Maryland. I can't remember the name of
the store, but what I do remember is the store had these amazing
postcards of black & white photography. A couple of pictures were of
African masks and other forms. I fell head over heels immediately.
Then, a few days later I was in Pier One and I came across a very
unique African mask that I purchased and couldn't wait to get home to
hang on my wall.
After those two experiences, I began reading books and other interior
design publications and I noticed that many of the designers
showcased at least one piece of African Art in their home decor. To
even fuel my growing curiosity and excitement for African Art, my mom
took a trip to Ghana and brought back two African masks. I didn't
like the masks at either first nor second glance and I soon realized
that there are certain pieces that I most favor. I guess you can say
I'm somewhat picky. I find myself embracing the wooden sculptures
the most, they are my favorite. I love the 3-D forms.
Over the years, I have purchased quite a few masks and a few
sculptures. Only one piece I believe is authentic. I wish I could
afford more of the "real-deal".
African Art is simply beautiful. It's captivating. It's
intriguing. It's bold. It's unique. It's subtle. It's
mysterious. It's a focal point. It's a conversation piece, always.
I can not say enough about it. It takes you places you've never been
I would love to own more authentic pieces and after viewing Rand's
collection and other photos by group members, my passion has been re-
ignited. Some of the pieces really do take my breath a way. I
really would like to get my hands on the Dan Spoon and the Nimba. In
the meantime, I will keep reading and enjoying the remarkable finds
of other African-Art lovers. Thanks for sharing your stories and
Yours in passion for African-Art,