TONI NDIKANWU Palm Sunday 2002 - 2004 [A] - x +
NdiT2002palm

CN: NdiT2002palm

MT: varnish color on wood (89x19x24)

TX: signed by incision vertically on base <Toni / Ndikanwu / 2002-4>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2006

CM: Ndikanwu's Palm Sunday was an on going project, which started in 2002 and was left unfinished before the artist moved to the United Kingdom in 2004. The inspiration came from the artist's experience of the way Palm Sunday is celebrated in Greece. The sculpture represents a black worhshipper holding a palm leaf firmly along his upright body. While being a natural form, the palm leaf also echoes the chestbones of the worhshipper's anatomy, somehow suggesting that religion is an inherent feature of human esistence. By extension, Palm Sunday demonstrates the way in which the African community abroad imbibes a foreign practice and makes it its own. The sculpture was carved directly - without any preliminary drawing - out of a single piece of pine log. Color was applied onto the sculpture with a feel for economical expression. Touches of blue accentuate in an impressionistic manner the worshipper's spiritual dimension.

[Megakles 12/2006]

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