The exhibition Dozie Kanu: Function explores the tension between form and function through sculptures that invoke a bodily presence. In works like Chair [ix] (For Babies), 2019, Kanu creates works that blur art and design with a visual language informed by African diasporic histories. These “pragmatic sculptures” simultaneously emphasize the absence and aura of the figure.
Inspired by this process of repurposing objects, create your own sculptures using found materials. As you create, reflect on the memories that objects can hold and transfer the memory into an object portrait as an act of healing and remembrance.
A natural or man-made object, or fragment of, that is found or purchased.
An activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing.
To adapt for use in a different purpose.
When you finish your object portrait, post your work on Instagram or Twitter and tag us #studiosquared @studiomuseum
— Developed and led by Studio Museum in Harlem teaching artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi. This lesson was originally done at Studio Squared: The Art of Healing Objects on March 4, 2020.