| Sipikriva Girl
BRAUN, MOROBE – I have observed that many Papua New Guinean artists and artisans, hoping to sell their work, display photographs of their art in social media, at local fairs and at monthly craft markets.
Among these artists and artisans are people who are extraordinarily talented.
And these people share a common opinion: Why doesn't their own government, and even their own people, recognise that art is a goldmine?
Most times it seems that their art only catches the eyes of expatriates.
At other times, it may catch the eyes a hotel manager or restaurant owner, who just want to put something on the walls of their businesses. Something pleasing to catch the eye of customers.
Most Papua New Guinean households have no paintings on their walls.
I walk into houses with Chinese fabric tribal prints hung on walls as decorations and cheap wool handcraft hanging off nails. Nobody ever puts up paintings.
Art is not encouraged, probably because it does not bring in the big bucks. Or so goes the limited thinking of our countrymen and women.
Yes, I’ve read of the starving artists living together in studio apartments in New York, but what is there to lose for our artists?
Most of them have raw talents, not refined by art school or by learning from the greats.
Give them an easel, a stretch of canvas and a palette and they will create exquisite creations that put you in awe.
There is a hierarchy of jobs in the country. There are engineers and doctors, then lawyers, hundreds of other occupations and finally artists. Artists are never taken seriously.
I sit and ponder upon this for a while. I’ve not even written much for Sipikriva Girl for some months.
The blog is something I look fondly through every couple of months, like an old school magazine.
I cringe over the typos and badly written stories - and wonder if I can help and sell the art of my people here, on this blog?
I have reached out to artists on social media, people who just post their stuff in art groups and communities, and asked them if I can help them sell their art.
A few were quite worried that I was a scammer, a couple jumped at the opportunity to sell their art and one wanted a meet.
My next post will be me advertising the art of my people, I truly hope that one or two get snatched up by a true lover of art.