Claret Chiney Bumps, 2019
Wood and metal
CM H 60 W 15 Thickness 13
IN H 23.62 W 5.91 Thickness 5.12Signed by artist
Claret Chiney Bumps, 2019
The hulls allude to the transportation of migrants as commodities. As masks they present a transformation of identity, drawing upon the tradition of talismans, charms and amulets.
Representing aggressive protection, the materials Vandy applies to the hulls reference witchcraft/voodoo needles or nails, creating a tension throughout the works. The overall forms draw together the opposing aesthetics of attraction and repulsion; alluring and seemingly decorative pieces that on closer inspection provoke a sense of danger in the larger context of our world.
Her new work Railway also closely examines transport systems and their hidden human costs. Vandy threads old model railway tracks across burnt wood of different depths, contained by brass borders.
Vandy continues to address the tension of opposing forms in her video work, ‘Landscapes’, in which two substances interact and mix in an extraordinary choreographic dance, forming a constantly shifting and changing visceral landscape.
LR Vandy (British of Nigerian/Irish descent) studied Graphic Design & Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts before completing her Master’s Degree in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art.
Using a mixture of found and made objects the work aims to make new meaning from seemingly unrelated mediums forced together.
Known for her sculptures made of model boat hulls, Vandy transforms them into masks adorned with fishing floats, porcupine quills, and acupuncture needles.
The hull forms allude to the transportation of commodities, the process of trade and movement, but as masks they represent a transformation of identity drawing upon the tradition of talisman, charms, or amulets. The fishing floats reference witchcraft/voodoo needles or nails, representing aggressive protection, creating a tension throughout the works. The overall forms draw together the opposing aesthetics of attraction and repulsion; alluring and seemingly decorative pieces that on closer inspection provoke a sense of danger in the larger context of the globe, creating a series of multi-layered ideas.Read more
October Gallery was founded in London in 1979 and established itself as a pioneer in showcasing contemporary art from around the globe.
The gallery is especially known for showing contemporary art from Africa and has been instrumental in bringing to international attention many of Africa’s leading artists, including El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè, Nnenna Okore and Rachid Koraïchi.
Institutions such as the British Museum, London, UK; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, the Zeitz Collection of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE have all collected works from October Gallery.
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