Title1 Selected

T-Material, Coiled, acrylic paint, encaustic wax and gold leaf.
480h x 420w x 290d

A Kenyan student gave me a gift of some small animal forms, based on the gold weights historically used in Africa.
Their simplified forms, and detailing, inspired me to use the clay in a very direct way to interpret them.
Once I had made some, I then considered how I could display them. While at the RCA I came across the photographs in the book “The Last of the Nuba” by Leni Riefenstahl. The images of the initiation ceremonies of young girls and boys were captivating. So the upper torso of a nubile young girl seemed an appealing way to represent the threshold of adulthood; adorned, wearing what could be amulets, symbols of, land, water and humanity.

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