"My masks are unique because I use my knowledge in design with each one."
"My ability to work with masks is inborn, and my greatest inspiration is to preserve our rich cultural heritage.
"I'm Evelyn Kafui Ahianyo, born in Accra on September 12, 1965. I have two sisters and a brother.
"My masks are unique because I use my knowledge in design with each one. Initially, I wasn't using lots of different materials, but now I use recycled glass and glass beads, aluminum, brass and more.
"I sit and draw the mask creatively, and come up with the colors that will make it stand out. I'm also good at observing nature and this comes to bear when I have to sit and come up with designs after the mask has been carved.
"Although my masks have cultural references, I try to enhance the looks. In Ghana, mask are seen to have spiritual beliefs attached to them, so most people wouldn't like to even hold them. But with the new coloring and designs, people are now comfortable with masks and are ready to learn more about the history associated with them."
"There is strength in oneness," Francis Agbete says, quoting an old Ghanaian saying. To illustrate the point, he carves an elephant family of ebony wood. The five march through the forest together, aligning themselves from smallest to largest.
Leaning downward, a mother penguin listens to the peeping chick that perches on her feet, protected from Antarctic ice. John Barrow conveys the bond of maternal love with this beautiful ishpingo wood sculpture.
By Ghana's Francis Agbete, this elegant sculpture is sleek and modern. Mother reaches an arm to embrace Father, while both hold their children's hands. The artisan celebrates family love in hand carved ebony wood.
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