Pictured: Baule mask, Artist unknown, Cote d'Ivoire, circa 1970's.
Owned by David Seiler, Director, Visual Resources, Scribner Library
I first traveled to Cote d'Ivoire in 1998, and it was so refreshing to be there, in Abidjan. There were so many things happening visually, so many things being made by hand, so much social activity on the street, and the way people dressed was really fantastic. It was just so nice to be on the street with other people. And these objects, because they remind me of that time, have a strong meaning for me….
All the things on the wall in our house are things that have a story I can tell you. And I think the fabric of the relationship my wife and I have is represented by these stories. Having our art and objects displayed keeps those stories alive, so they don’t disappear.
David Seiler, 2012