Bushmama Africa — Digital Collage
Black to the Future
digital collage | 2020 | 20×28
The Nkisi 4000 piece was inspired by Nkisi (or Nkishi) which refers to either spirits or an object that a spirit inhabits. It is frequently applied to a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin in Central Africa, especially in the Territory of Cabinda, that are believed to contain spiritual powers or spirits. In this digital version, Nkisi is transforming the energy of his ancestors into the power that saves his living family left on the planet after COVID.
digital collage | 2016 | 20×28
Elevating Egun was created as an offering to my ancestors who died during the slave trade, particularly the slaves who jumped ship, were thrown overboard, who revolted and died in the process, who were sick from the toxicity of the ship, who were beaten as an example, who died during childbirth, rape, suffocation, exhaustion and starvation as a form or protest. These spirits did not have the ceremonial rites done when they crossed, no wailers for the dead, no prayers, nothing. These spirits become wayward and destructive and need to be elevated to join the collective consciousness of God herself. This art is there ceremony ushering each on to the realm of the ancestors, finally free from purgatory. These souls walk with us now in power and influence to resist, rebel against oppression. To access their Ase all we must do is call out Egun mi! Egun mi Egun me, protect me, activate the warrior in me, give me your strength to endure, to propel us forward in health and prosperity. Help us overturn oppression so we may free ourselves and live out our destiny as the chosen ones. We will rise up and take our place with love, compassion and solidarity with our family across the globe and beyond.
Bushmama Africa is a Priestess of Ifa, artist, activist, spiritualist, medicine maker, writer, poet, jewelry maker, Mother, Grandmother, lover and Omo Oya. She was born and raised in Oakland, California, where she still lives and creates. She provides consultations on spirit matters, teaches classes on ancestor veneration, and serves as a practitioner at free healing clinics, for individuals, and with small groups and agencies.