e-Book: Masks & Spirits

Paintings by Pacita Abad, Text by Jack Garrity

Pacita especially loved the way people from tribal cultures throughout the world would use their creativity to surround themselves with artistic beauty and make art out of mundane local found objects such as beads, shells, buttons, safety pins, ribbons, bones, feathers and a myriad of other items. These "simple" artistic designs and creative decorations would not be put on canvas like in the West, but would often adorn their bodies, dress, jewelry, utensils, armaments, vehicles and even houses. More than once Pacita would say with an amazed smile about some colorful tribal man and woman that, "This is a walking work of art."

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