Zora's Nest / Their eyes were watching God
Investigating the tension that exist between form and function, this sculpture reimagines how paintings can be displayed using the form of the traditional Igbo ekete (basket). The number 13 holds significance in the Igbo culture: there are 13 months in the Igbo calendar and 13 stems in the ekete. This sculpture follows that 13 unit metric as well. In order to make this ekete narrative sculpture, audio footage was captured while students were basket weaving using the Music Memos app. This app automatically captures the rhythmic feel and chords of sounds--giving insight to the invisible structures and patterns that accompany lived experiences. The rhythmic chords captured were written on the baskets--the 13 chords on the lower basket were produced while students were singing “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. And the chords on the upper basket were produced while students were singing “Sucker” by Jonas Brothers. Matching tonic chords from each basket were connected to the other using yarn, producing patterns and intersecting lines that served as a structure with which to balance the painting of Zora Hurston. This approach reimagines how paintings can be experienced and presents a method to engage with artworks from an Afro-centric geometric perspective.