Thursday, September 16, 2010

Emek Erykah Badu Art Print on sale info

Next Monday EMEK is finally going to make available one of the pieces he is most proud of this year, the art print for Erykah Badu's album cover, "Return of the Ankh" 2010.

The piece measures 20" x 24" signed, numbered, embossed and doodled edition of 200 printed on fine art cotton 310 gram "Hahnemuhle Velvet" paper Giclee.

In this day and age of high speed internet and robotic carrier pigeons what kind of musician would fly an artist halfway across the country just to discuss the ideas of the album cover in person? and then cook them a wonderful vegan meal and play charades with her kids? Erykah, thats who.
Emek has worked with hundreds of bands, and really enjoys how unique she is.
The amount of time and energy she spends on all aspects of her life. She is very creative and hands on, but also respects and encourages the creativity in others.
The album cover came about by listening to her music...
The previous album cover he made for her, focused on politics and social conditions in the world today - things that were weighing on her mind this album was more personal.
political elements of the first album are still there, healthcare system in the toilet, police brutality, flawed justice scales, war, etc. and also a few new elements, foreclosed homes and a teabag, etc., but all of these elements have fallen down, lying in rubble behind her..
Her song lyrics "You built a wall 20 feet tall / But if I get off my knees / I might recall I'm 20 feet tall" was an inspiration to draw her to be a large face. She is 20 feet tall.
Also, she is wearing armor to protect her from the harsh realities of life..
Her lyrics "Out my mind, just in time", inspired the concept of her climbing out of the old shell, fresh and innocent and powerful, and the tree of life is also growing from there.
The color purple of the tree and the sky represent the 7th chakra- the crown chakra, right above her third eye shield, this chakra represents peace, wisdom, spirituality. She is reborn. Her tuning fork is summoning the vibrations of the universe..
from out of all the rubble, lush exotic plant life is growing. Her lyric from "Window seat" about her "music, lover and my babies" was one of several lyrics that inspired the symbolism of 3's
3 moons
3 hidden babies
3 trees
3 ankhs

and the ankh itself is a symbol of duality, of life /death, immortality... but what is life without Love? so i made the ankh heart shaped...

Go to at 12pm pacific time on Monday September 20th

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