When I think of Africa, not only do I think of the wonderful collection of animals, such as lions, elephants, monkeys and giraffe, but also of the diversity of people, tribes, their artwork and batik textiles. This is an early photo of my son, who is sporting a wonderful hand-made batik and embroidered hat called a kufi that we had purchased at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the African Pavilion. He wore it all year long (even to school) until it was threadbare. I have always loved the simplicity of design and repetitive tribal elements. I thought it would be fun to put my spin on a goose egg with some of those elements. I wanted the egg to have a carved wood look as well, and thought this would be a great challenge for me. I consider it a mixed media piece as it uses inks and acrylics to help achieve this look.
I have also admired photographs and African art depicting beautiful women with heads wrapped in turbans. I thought I might like to make an image of a strong and beautiful African woman the centerpiece of the egg.