Commissioned in 2012 by Mr. A. Bigby in San Diego.
In an interview with San Diego City Beat, Barrett was asked about this piece, which was a work-in-progress at the time.
Bigby stopped by Barrett’s San Diego studio and said to him, “I know you can do the painting I want,” Barrett says. “He told me, ‘I want a painting that when people look at it, they can’t stop.’ Every artist wants that!” Barrett’s piece for Bigby is called “Mother of our Invention.” A literal and symbolic African landscape has taken shape, with Bob Marley’s face appearing in a mountainside and a tree with the shadowy frame of a nude woman spanning its trunk, her dreadlocked hair growing into branches.
-Amy T. Granite, 2012