An Ethiopian Diary: Day 1


Travel and art, art and travel: They go together, and my eye sees composition all around me upon my arrival in Addis Ababa. The mud meets metal, bamboo, eucalyptus, building material, with skyscrapers and a brand new light rail system. It’s a city of contrasts, to say the least. Throw in my foreign self, and the juxtaposition is a bit much — but then again, this is why we travel. To look at things differently, to let our eyes and mind be surprised. It’s exhilarating, it’s exhausting; like the city itself, your interpretations are a bag of contrasts.

A composition, to say the least.


More layers …


Well, you don’t see that every day …


Puppies find rest and shade.


She’s a beauty, but look all around her. The eye has much to take in.


While the city has a brand new light rail system, more traditional forms of people movers still abound.


And the new light rail. Addis Ababa, it’s a changin’ …


About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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