West African Masks in Cast Iron Skillets

The marvelously surreal world of artist Hugh Hayden now includes cast iron skillets and pots that are cast to resemble masks. Hayden explains that in his exhibition titled “American Food,” the masks speak of the African diaspora offering a hazy look into the past:

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The function and form of both the skillets as early African cookware and the masks’ ancestral and ceremonial origins are merged in a technique called sand-casting; Hayden adopts this rudimentary means of manufacture to celebrate the imperfectness of the materials, their colonial histories, and the inherent loss of detail in the reproduction process. Hayden likens the abstraction of the original objects that occurs in the sand-casting process as a form of diaspora that transforms the skillets into something layered and culturally syncretic. 

-via Colossal | Photo: Lisson Gallery

Source: neatorama

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