This week we are taking a look at the portfolio of Philadelphian graphic artist Briana Arrington. We are inspired by her whimsical portfolio.
” I try to bring a certain energy to whatever space I am in and that energy also translates back into my work. In my work I incorporate my identities as I am a firm believer in the fact that representation matters.”
Bamileke elephant masks. Elephants are the world's most commanding land creatures, unsurpassed in grandeur and power. Thus elephant masks, while rare in Africa, are fully appropriate symbols of important leaders or, at least, their respected deputies or messengers. Elephant masks comprise cloth panels and hoods woven from plantain fiber over raffia. On this background multicolored beads are stitched in geometric patterns. The basic form depicts salient features of the elephant—a long trunk and large ears. The hood fits tightly over the masker's head, and two hanging panels, one behind and one in front, partially conceal the body. The front panel is the elephant trunk, and the two large, stiff circles hinged to either side of the head are its ears, which flap as the masker dances. While the mask symbolizes an elephant, the face is human. Eyeholes provide visibility, and a nose and mouth with teeth are normally present. #blackartistspace #africanart #cameroon #bamileke #drawingwhileblack #checkoutafrica #illustration