With the Doors to the Past series, I have recreated elaborate African mask images using old and new wooden doors as the surface. I hand carved the images using original African masks as guides. The background incorporates patterns from African wax print fabric and original geometric designs. In keeping with the tradition of black wood normally used for African mask-carving, the doors were stained with black paint after carving. The resulting contrast serves to emphasize the images.
 
 
 
Wood Carvings
Adejola
28” x 80” x 1-3/8”
2008
Detail of Adejola
Baba
28” x 80” x 1-3/8”
2007
Detail of Baba
Adofo
28” x 80” x 1-3/8”
2008
Detail of Adofo
African-American
30” x 80” x 1-1/2”
2008
Detail of African-American
Lil’ Ada
30” x 80” x 1-1/2”
2008
Detail of Lil’ Ada
Rites of Passage
30” x 80” x 1-1/2”
2008
Detail of Rites of Passage
Nukutor
28” x 80” x 1-3/8”
2008
 
Detail of Nukutor
African-American 2
30” x 80” x 1-1/2”
2009
Detail of African-American 2
To contact the artist, Geraldine Anderson Gaines, call 201-705-0657 or email at me@gerrigaines.com.