Ballad of the Spirits 4
Charcoal, Soft Pastel on Cotton Rag Paper | 2022
Music is a key component to artist Sara Marlowe Hall’s work. One of Hall’s morning routines has been to warm up with a series of drawings to an album before she started painting. This new series, Drawing to Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou in the Morning, is a nod to the musician whose music Hall finds so settling and relaxing.
Born in Addis Ababa in 1923 to a wealthy family, Guèbrou faced many challenges in her life, including a time as an Italian prisoner of war during the second Italo-Ethiopian War. After the war, she studied violin and was later appointed musical director of the band of the Imperial BodyGuard. Her first record was released in 1967 and the Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music (EMF) Foundation has been set up to help children in need both in Africa and in the Washington, D.C. metro area to study music.
Sara Marlowe Hall invites you to listen to the titled songs as you contemplate each piece in this series, to mirror how each piece was made. She will be donating a percentage of sales from this series to the EMF Foundation, helping children get a music education through organizations located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Jerusalem.
15 x 11 inches
Floated: 19.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 inches
Signed by the artist.
The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan
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