Exploring Immortality Through Natural Fibre

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Art and man are totally inseparable. So far as there is a constant change in nature, man being part of it is destined to change. Art therefore cannot be static in relation to the style, material, techniques and all that makes a work of art. Sculptors, some years back were seriously dealing in materials for permanency like stone, wood, cement and metals Impermanent materials for sculpture are not a thing of the present time. However, in recent times, artists have moved into impermanent materials to create ephemeral art such as ice sculpture, explosives, gun powder, fruits and insects as it has become more fashionable. In this project, I produced soft sculptures using natural fibre materials with simple tools. The natural fibre material although not very strong was used to execute works that are permanent. That is using mortal to create immortal. Using non-conventional sculpting methods natural fibres such as coconut fibre, palm tree fibre, jute fibre and raffia have been used to produce sculptures which are titled ‘eternity’, ‘obaatanpa’, ‘still searching’, ‘anidaso wo ho’, ‘the living legend’, the ‘black stool’ and ‘ɔsɔreԑ’ in two and three dimensional form to investigate the concept of immortality.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of MASTER OF FINE ART Faculty of Art, College of Art and Social Sciences,2011