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Fossil remains seem to indicate that Africa is the ancestral home of modern human beings.

But, there are other indicators too.

pic.jpg of pareidolia shadow face on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
African face profile on Table Mountain. 2020.
See the short video here
See the long video here

See Mystical Table Mountain videos here

 

pic.jpg digital collage martin lovis face profile with human skull and continent of Afrca.
Martin Lovis (Self Portrait) 2017.

 

The first time I visualized the above picture I was in my London studio way back in 1979.


There was a large National Geographic map of Africa stuck on the back of my studio door. I often stared at it and felt, instinctively, that Africa was my ancestral and spiritual home and that I was on a home-coming journey back to Africa.


The shape of the African continent, particularly with the eye-like shape of Lake Victoria which borders Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, appeared to me to resemble the profile of a human skull and was therefore a clue about the origins of our common human ancestry in Africa.


I began wondering how I could create what I envisaged as a painting but I had to wait as I was so heavily involved in my 1980's art campaign against racism.


I don't see people in terms of race - I just see people as one race of human beings with a common ancestry that some have forgotten and others choose to forget.

As a matter of fact, all healthy human beings have exactly the same bones and these bones are exactly the same colour.

I had to wait for digital imaging software to be introduced and then, using semi-transparent layers, I was able to create, as you see above, a digital collage of my face combined with the shape of the African continent and a human skull to realize my self portrait vision as an artwork.

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