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Title:Rolling, stitching and sewing jute fibre: The 'Line Walk' Sculpture Project
Author:Obodo, EvaISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:plant fibres
visual arts
Abstract:Jute fiber is one important material that has given many artists the opportunity to find their voice in contemporary art practice. They explore the material in diverse ways which yields rewarding dividends that are highly aesthetic and expressive. The uniqueness of their creative expression depends largely on their individual methods of working with the material. The 'Line Walk' project, however, is a process-oriented studio exploration which employs local everyday gestures, such as rolling, stitching and sewing, as methods in dialoguing with jute sacks to arrive at visual imageries that mirror the sociopolitical activities of man. The 'Line Walk' series was developed from the author's 'Soft and Stuffed Sculpture' project at Nsukka, Nigeria, which began in the mid-1990s. The present paper reports on the project. It describes the materials used and the different stages of production involved in the creation of the 'Line Walk' series. It also analyses the formal features of the exploration results and discusses their conceptual references and meanings, especially as they relate to sociopolitical issues and events in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]