It’s a good thing that God did not give us the power
to move people in that special way only artists can, ‘coz we would have
used our powers for evil.
This column started as a small tribute to Ethiopian artists whose words
and canvasses have that intoxicating power to conjure up memories and feelings
no economic chart pie or political manifesto could ever illicit.
We wanted to try something new for our anniversary issue and ask our
favorite artists one question… “What is Ethiopia to you?” They painted
their answers. This was an exciting venture for us, and we are yet again
humbled by the support of these these artists who donated these original
pieces of art to answer our question.
Special thanks goes to Ato Esseye Medhn from Debre
Haiq Ethiopian Art Page for his priceless advice and for helping us
dream a little bigger. Art, we have learnt from him, will change the world,
and what little step forward we have taken in truly celebrating our artists
is because of him. Ij nestenal, Gashe Esseye.
This is their Ethiopia…