Sanford Biggers: Purity of the Soul. Lotus flower is a divine symbol in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, representing purity of the soul and detachment from human concerns, Biggers often uses it in his work. A closer look reveals  the intricate patterns are actually representations of human bodies; the shape of each petal and configuration of bodies within correspond to an 18th-century diagram showing the layout of human cargo in slave ships crossing from Africa to America.

Sanford Biggers: Purity of the Soul. Lotus flower is a divine symbol in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, representing purity of the soul and detachment from human concerns, Biggers often uses it in his work. A closer look reveals the intricate patterns are actually representations of human bodies; the shape of each petal and configuration of bodies within correspond to an 18th-century diagram showing the layout of human cargo in slave ships crossing from Africa to America.

Nelson Mandela  “It always seems impossible until it's done.” Madiba Work Is Through Perseverance In the Eyes of Those Who Believe and Those Who Tried to Hold Him Down!

Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it's done.” Madiba Work Is Through Perseverance In the Eyes of Those Who Believe and Those Who Tried to Hold Him Down!

Artist Mary Sibande explores the intersections of race, gender, power and sexuality in her native South Africa with her many-layered sculptures. She actually “cast her own body in fibreglass and silicone to create ‘Sophie,’ the woman shown above. She then painted her a ‘flat black,’ so that she stands out like a dark and static shadow…

News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: April 22, 2010

Artist Mary Sibande explores the intersections of race, gender, power and sexuality in her native South Africa with her many-layered sculptures. She actually “cast her own body in fibreglass and silicone to create ‘Sophie,’ the woman shown above. She then painted her a ‘flat black,’ so that she stands out like a dark and static shadow…

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