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Batwa Gaze-Old Eyes

Martin Grizzell's avatar Martin Grizzell

Batwa Gaze (face, valance and 2-4 pillows) is a composite of several disciplines: piecing, quilting, assemblage, embroidery and beadwork. The materials used reference The People of the Three Fires and the subsequent Western Michigan fur trade. They include, natural fibres, textile, leather, fur, wood, coral and semi-precious stones. Batwa Gaze is, at first glance, a panoply of colour topped by a coil of rust, orange and green. Upon closer examination a face with penetrating eyes and fleshy lips appear, observing, silently through a forest. The Batwa people are among the most ancient homo sapiens sapiens on the planet. For thousands of years they lived in the mountains of Africa's Great Lakes region alongside the great mountain gorillas as neighbours. In 1991 the Batwa were evicted from their forest home and are now a completed dispossessed people. Batwa Gaze is metaphorical. It symbolises our ancient selves on the scene of our modern lives, observing without being observed, yet ever present. The fearless, essential witness.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 12 inches
  • Medium: textile/fibre
  • Width: 6-7 feet
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 3-4 feet