I think that’s why I’m attracted to things that involve multiples and why my work is made up of repetition. The idea of multiples was the inspiration behind dividing these sculptures, something that was once ‘one’ becomes ‘two’. The work also speaks to globalisation. It’s about the role of the extractive industry in our lives and in our value system. How the raw materials we extract from the ground has taken precedence over more important things in our lives such as culture, art and traditions. I try to create a conversation about what is important within our communities.
In the sculptures, the metals used in the middle of the pieces are from the region where the object was carved. So in the objects purporting to be from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I apply gold, silver and copper. The idea is to take that thing which is old, ‘fake’ or ‘worthless’, that thing which people no longer want, and reshape it into something new, something contemporary. It’s like what Clement Greenberg said about the different between avant-garde and kitsch. The difference is so thin.