ITCHING for a CHANGE
An exhibition by Genet Alemu at the Italian Cultural Institute (2007)
Guenet Alemu is an upcoming young artist who is truly itching for a change. She is always eager to learn something new and dares to experiment with new ideas and materials. About four years ago, at an Ethiopian women artists’ exhibition held in the Addis Abeba University Fine Art and Design School, her experimental art made from homemade paper, caught my eyes. I found her experimental paper-making in a place where there is no art institution for artists to experience with etching, printing and paper-making very exciting.
Her small studio up on the hills of Piazza with a perfect view of the mountains surrounding Addis Abeba is a paradise, to say the least. There, she has a printmaking and etching press, complete paper-making machine, glass-making furnace and many other art materials. All the collages she creates are made from the papers she makes in her studio. She uses natural material like straw, tree barks and the inner part of palm trees. In addition to making her art, she organizes workshops for adults who have interest in printmaking, etching and paper-making.
Genet said that she loves working with natural material. She enjoys changing their forms and texture. One of her favorite things to do is imitating nature, particularly its continual changing phenomena. Nature is a process that is in constant motion. For her, this process in itself is a work of art. Her inspiration comes from it. Her curiosity and love of exploring new ideas is what you will experience in this exhibition, which she rightfully named “Itching for a Change”. Imagine exchanging the word “Itching” for “Etching”. It is all about scratching oneself for new ideas.
Written By Meskerem Assegued
SAMPLES OF GENET ALEMU'S PAINTINGS