Amara (paradise)

Inspired by the Omo People, I created these sculptures. The Omo People create a climate where bodies, nature, colored minerals and all sorts of animals appeared engulfed and infused with amazing colors and designs.
These indigenous tribes use colors to designate position, for ritual, to ward off illness, to attract the opposite sex, to associate with family, a tribe or an animal, and of course just recently, to impress tourists.
The Omo River is located in East Africa flows into the southern part of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, recent deforestation has been causing the rivers to hold less water and is responsible for damage that it is causing to the ecosystem that the local tribal communities depend on.