Hear In Plain Sight
Solid Walnut stools and table, laser etched. Final thesis: Designed Objects : School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Designer, Stool seat fabrication by Carson Maddox
Represented by The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011 coinciding with London Design Festival
Exhibited at the Obsidian Arts Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota
HEAR IN PLAIN SIGHT
A table is a place where two ends converge yet it far exceeds its physical purpose. It is a place to break literal bread yes, but it is also a place to gather-- where stories are heard for the first time, and then handed on.
Illustrated on this table surface is the story of the Asante Golden stool. Ghanaians believe that the High Priest, Okomfo Anokye conjured the stool, gilded in pure gold, to fall from heaven. It is a symbol of the unification of the Asante kingdom by chief Osei-tutu.
These spoken histories serve as a reminder of who I am as a Ghanaian-American. Each story contributes to a collective memory inscribed into the hearts Ghanaians no matter where they may live. My work examines the role of messaging, perception, and the potential to misread intention behind culturally relevant ideologies and practices.