“Most traditional African cultures include beliefs about the spirit world, which are widely represented through art such as masks, statues, and sculptures. In some societies, artistic talents were themselves seen as ways to please higher spirits” (Boundless). Art, then, becomes more about the act of channeling these spirits than the overall aesthetic.
In the focus of this exhibit, the questions then arise: How does the human figure, in a three-dimensional sculptural form, become an extension of these ideas? How is it used to show these conversations with the spirit world?
The following exhibition pieces transmit these spiritual ideas through the human form. They speak of ancestors, fertility, women, and funerary ceremonies. These sculptural forms become extensions, or vessels of communion.
Why we see, aesthetically, commonplace happenings such as birth and death figuratively represented, is because Africa cannot separate art and life. This culture uses its art to channel spiritual power from beyond the visual world, to aid and guide one's life through the existing world (The Art of Living).