The paintings feature abstracts by the Eritrean artist/activist.
“I am drawn to abstract compositions because they require us to stop and reflect, to ask questions. Abstract art is also open to multiple interpretations. Each viewer will bring his or her own experiences into play as they contemplate the work. This adds another dimension to the artwork, a sort of interactive communication that flows from the artist, to the painting and eventually the viewer,” Gebreyesus says.
About her “Af.Rui.Ka” series, she states, “These paintings are a celebration of my Africa – a visual narrative of my experiences in and of Africa. Many of the paintings contain Fidel, the ancient writing system from Eritrea and Ethiopia. Inspired by modern artists from the Ethiopia and Eritrea, who have incorporated the alphabet in their work, I interpret these symbols using my own visual language for the abstract compositions. In addition to the Fidel, the paintings include some of the symbols and textures inspired by African textures and themes.”
This is Gebreyesus’ first exhibit in RVA. C’est Le Vin is located at N 17th Street.