Banksy in New Orleans - Kimberly Jones and Paul Smith
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Kimberly Jones - Own Artwork
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I created this artwork during my photo shop class in high school. Our assignment was to create the imagine of a person without using person-like qualities.

Versions of the David
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There are many different versions of The David - we found this smaller interpretation of the sculpture in a small antique shop in New Orleans

(in these pictures along with myself(Kimberly Jones) are Sarah Irvine, Danny Feiler, and Paul Smith)


Art: 'Detailed Embriodery'
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This is a picture of an African king.



"Art in attire" is very common is Africa.Occasional/Ceremonial clothing are worn. As shown above the individual is a prominent figure in the society as his 'Agbada' the darker blue clothing covers the inner worn 'Senegalese' as it is commonly called in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.The looks of the designed on the chest region it shows that the 'embroidery Agbada' is to be worn by a well to do,erudite,wealthy individual in the society- King or not.What really captivates the eye in the clothing is the detail and intricate design tailors done by 'thin threads/needles'.

History made Timeless with Art:Queen Mother of Benin Empire
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Queen Mother of Benin Empire

The Ivory Head above is a representation of a recognized powerful woman who was given the title of "Queen Mother" in the Western African region of Africa(Nigeria).By her given name Idia- she was married to Ozolua an "Oba" (King) during the 15th century, with whom she had two son Esigie and Arhauran .Both of whom were heirs to their fathers throne who had passed away.There was violent dispute between the two brothers.The powerful political and strategic role Idia played which enabled the favored son Esigie to defeat his brother in battle could not have otherwise without his mother presence.The Queen mother's role cannot be overstated as she was considered warrior,leader and controller,mobilizer of Esigie's army and even doctor(herbalist and medicinal expert).Upon Esigie's victory, his mother was crowned "Queen Mother",and was given her own palace  and political power.As such the artifact is a representation of power of a woman.Converse to what many in the west may conceive of early African societies-That a woman was given a King-like role.Revolutions of this sort(which is rather new to the west), is seen as old news in African chronology and societies as woman had power to own property,ensure peace, and even provide political rule in ensuring success of kingdoms.

Art is Home
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Art is Home

From hand made Tables,Hand stick-woven living room chairs/sofas,to leopard skin parlor pillows to hand made carpet rugs-Africa showcases internal art(in homes) just as good as it does outside.We live for art.we are art!Art is home!

Art made from land (Clay work)
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Baked Clay

Baked Clay(Terracotta).These are cliche to African societies as clay is readily available to sculptors who regularly express themselves eg.'The lady goes to the stream with a vase in hand'.This is similar to Chinese clay work.

Art for Worship: Igbo Ukwu
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Art of a Great Civilzation: Igbo-Ukwu leopard


The Igbo-Ukwu(The Great-Igbo) originated in the eastern region of Nigeria.Known as the ancestors of the present day Igbo ethnic group.Their art work like the one above is dated back to as early as 9th century.They are known to be the pioneers of coppersmithing.Though they did not use new techniques such as lifting,soldering and riveting which can be seen in other geographical regions at later times in Nigeria ,they were masters of their craft.They took pride in showing details on the body of their work.They used a forgotten simple technique called the 'Wax casting-method' in their bronze works above of religious artifacts where used in religious rites,ceremonies and worship.

Art and Festivities:Mmanwu(Masquerades)
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Art in Festivalsmmanwu
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The Mmanwu(Masquerade) are seen as entities in the Igbo ethnic group (Eastern Nigeria).While the are souls of death individual who once walked the cities.They are spirits which from time to time visit the living in times of celebration like the "New Yam festivals"-a successful cultural harvest(as in the picture with the 3 Mmanwu).The Igbo culture contains a longing for deceased.While an individual may have died-he/she still longs for fun and remembrance from the society.The Mmanwu come to tell stories,educate the people, entertain-dance and celebrate with their communities and may sometimes come to issue punishment.The Mmanwu wears masks(sometimes of 'passed away' individuals) are come in different colors.They Mmanwu may be visible or invincible.They are basically 3 different Mmanwu
Mmanwu Ocha ( the white masquerade): As show in the above picture to the left.Shows a deceased individual visiting and entertaining his family,friends and community.
Mmanwu Ojii( the Black one):Is invincible and comes to scare people of the village.They protect the village.
Mmanwu Agu (the Tiger masquerade):This one is known to make loud noises with the face of a Tiger, frightening people away to only stare at them from inside their homes or a window.

Young kids(like myself) feared to approach the Mmanwu's dancing as i was told horrific stories of kids who disrespected them and paid dearly.It was funny because I actually thought they were spirits.It was not until later I learned they were just like "mascots" .This added to my fear as a child.Members of the Mmanwu are secret society members.

Art as Expression: African Body Art(Ghana)
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West African Body Art(Ghana)


For festivities such as soccer games with are seen as larger than life, individuals display  their artist flamboyance publicly.Art is expression.

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