The eccentric biomorphic and linear geometries of Mbuti bark cloths, painted by women, are impressionistic responses to the organic textures, patterning, life forms and play of light and motion of the forest landscape. The abstract compositions evoke twisting vines, webs, fractal branches, insect activity, tracks and animal markings, in a fluid, spontaneous and exploratory spirit. Pounded inner bark fiber, plant dyes
Please contact us to receive a PDF copy of our catalog Mbuti Paintings with 60 exceptional pieces from a collection gathered in the 1970s-and 1980s.
Cathryn Cootner, former Curator of textiles, De Young Museum, San Francisco