I discovered Ezakwantu the other day – a gallery showcasing Central and Southern African Tribal Art.
From their website I learned that Ezakwantu means things from the house of the people.
"This is what Galerie Ezakwantu offers. Things from the people, created for everyday living, imbued with aesthetic, spiritual, ritual and personal value, in the Southern African way."
I love when 'everyday objects' are viewed as art. It gives them the much-ignored honour they deserve and reminds us to live in the now and appreciate every detail. I am reminded of something I read earlier today in The Artist's Way: about how what we want to do is what we are meant to do. About how the things that come easily to us are not to be discarded as flukes or chance results. Things going well are a sign that we are in alignment with the universe and our higher purpose.
I would love to get into the mind of the people who created these beautiful works of art, while they were creating them.
Images above from the Ezakwantu website. These are Ashanti combs showing that the Gallery's wide (and amazing – definitely worth checking out) collection stretches beyond Central and Southern Africa.