Jun E Caniel

Work In Progress: Sankofa Painting

In Art, Culture, Design, Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

tumblr_lkothsuolx1qb9ql8o1_500I started a painting a couple months ago and I wasn’t sure what to add.  Last night, as I was flipping through a stack of inspiring quotes, symbols, etc., I found my list of Adinkra symbols.  Both Sankofa symbols jumped out at me.  Perhaps it is a testament to my current state of mind.  Sankofa Bird

Our trip to Mexico in August rekindled a desire to learn more about my past and the lives of my ancestors.  The Sankofa symbols mean “return and get it”, learn from the past.  What can I learn from not just my ancestors’ lives, but also from my own past?

This painting is my first bout of experimental play with the bird version of the Sankofa symbol.  My mind has already been formulating different versions of both symbols and it’s exciting to think about!  photo 2(7)

My heart skips a beat as I think about the possibilities in this painting, as it will most likely evolve into a mixed media piece.  :-)   It feels good to be creating again.  And it feels good to get serious about creating and selling my works.  This is a new journey, a path that veers off slightly from the main road of Jun E Caniel the clothing line yet runs parallel and inevitably leads to the same destination.

Indeed, this is the time to make great things happen.

T. Caniel

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  1. Learning from the past is essential… particularly if you feel the need for creativity. I look to the entire history of art for inspiration, whether it was daubed on cave walls 40k years ago, woven into cloth 20k years ago or spray painted on a concrete wall yesterday. For myself, I became (and still am) interested in phosphenes and form constants, which are manifestations of the mind and responsible for an immense amount of artistic designs throughout the ages.

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