Photo by Simbarashe Cha for Majestic Disorder Issue 7
With the power of art, Gabrielle Tesfaye has guided people to elevate their conciousness. Within her work she has connected strongly with women who have been survivors of things from assault to the loss of unborn children, the African diaspora and the strength of humanitarian unity. She touches the intellects of all people with the broader picture of the world we live in and how connected we all really are. From her personal narrative drawings, to creating larger than life puppet installations, she guides her viewers to experience her work beyond the physical. Tesfaye's work has caught global attention, and having been published in Majestic Disorder, an art and culture magazine in London that sells nationwide in the United States’ Barnes & Noble, highlighting her journey and her eclectic work that I do. Primarily a painter of Afro Asiatic cosmic imagery, her work has also started to shift into large scale, two-dimensional installation, and in documentation and storytelling through filmmaking and animation.
Who is Gabrielle Tesfaye?
A multi-dimensional mural magician
who roots to no one place
because she’s photosynthesized the whole world’s light
Jamaica her mother’s land,
Ethiopia her father’s land,
Milwaukee where she came of age,
New York City is where she stays awake,
the Mirror of Selves Universal is where she sleeps
deeply dreaming back to the limitless awareness
our original divine truth:
there is a duality to everything we’ve suffered
and it is the joy of the life lived courageously,
the life lived curiously,
hovering above any personal or societal limitations.
What is the Art of Tesfaye?
by one paint stroke at a time,
an ever-changing psychospiritual tsunami
of vibrance and emotion,
that comes spontaneously to the hand,
Her work gives freely to the public
through the consciousness
of a resilient afro-feminine
archetype of abundance
sent to warm our psyches
in the symmetry of what the artist feels
and what the viewer knows
as one unveiled love
for all of earth.
-Interpreted by Anja Notanja Sieger, La Prosette.