SONYA CLARK  Edifice and Mortar  

2018

Edifice and Mortar is described by artist Sonya Clark as "a wall, a flag, and a document." The sculpture is constructed with hand made bricks, each stamped with a word from a well recognized passage of the Declaration of Independence. The backs of each brick are stamped with the word "schiavo," which is Italian for "slave." Black hair collected from salons in the Richmond Virginia area is used as the mortar that holds the bricks together, and a reflective blue panel mirrors the visage of viewers who venture closer. The sculpture asks viewers to consider how and by whom the foundations of the United States were truly laid, and contemplate their own role in its current framework. Read more on the ICA Virginia's website, and see more of Clark's work on her website.

IGNITION ARTS FABRICATION SCOPE

Design and fabrication of structural base, custom stamped bricks, custom mirrored blue glass

MATERIALS & DIMENSIONS

Mixed media including embossed bricks, mortar, hair, plexiglass, and steel

34 in. x 96 in. x 28 in.

LOCATION & CLIENT

Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond, VA

Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Institute for Contemporary Art

FABRICATIONS PARTNERS

Herron School of Art Ceramics Department

Kaiser von Roenn Studio LLC

PHOTO CREDIT

Institute for Contemporary Art

 
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