Gerlind Krause & Worku Goshu
Worku Goshu: Universe 1
by Gerlind Krause
I worship your presence
I adore your holy pre-science.
You envisioned your works
from time out of mind
called the planets to be
by the infinity of your wisdom.
And your creation
was like a wheel
towards the score of a world
Worku Goshu: Universe 2
by Gerlind Krause
sweeps every realm
comes up from down under
swells far beyond the stars.
and in completion
enfolds us, cherished children of God.
is the kiss of salvation
by the Holy of Holiest
on our hearts.
Worku Goshu: Universe 1, 60 x 60 cm.
Worku Goshu: Universe 2, 60 x 60 cm.
Worku Goshu, a prominent Ethiopian contemporary artist, was born in 1942 inAmbo, Ethiopia, into the family of a judge. His grandfather was a man experienced in the art of calligraphy of religious books. Worku joined the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa from which he graduated in 1963. That same year he left Ethiopia for Poland and spent 6 years there, studying art in Krakow, particularly focusing on Pure and Applied Graphic Art. His work for his MFA is a beautifully illustrated story of the Queen of Sheba. In Krakow, at the Academy of Fine Arts, he met his wife Barbara, a Polish artist who developed a great love for Ethiopian traditions in her iconographic spiritual art of wood and stone. After graduating from Krakow Academy of Fine Arts in 1969 Worku and Barbara returned to Ethiopia and started a joint career in their own fields of talent, producing work which has been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions. Worku also taught at the School of Art and Design of Addis Ababa University as a professor in the Department of Painting for more than 27 years. Presently Worku paints and runs the Goshu Gallery in Addis Ababa with his wife Barbara, see The Goshu Art Galleries (goshugalleries.com).
Gerlind Krause is a German freelance author, translator and pastor's wife, who came to live and work in the GermanChurch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with her husband from 2000 to 2006. She fell in love with the country's old Christian culture and its contemporary Christians, its patient people and suffering poor. She was captivated by the surprising explosion of art and music deriving from Ethiopia’s ancient roots, along with its deep reflections and visions for the society's remedy in the future.
To read a visual meditation about these works, click here.
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