Ikwla (LI.2020.54)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Mac Collins

Title

Ikwla

Date

2018

Materials and techniques

Ash wood

Object number

LI.2020.54

Credit

Courtesy of the Artist.

Maker's statement

Discussing the forced migration of African people during the colonial era, this investigation is in response to the sense of powerless frustration that must have been felt by enslaved people. Iklwa, therefore, offers a speculative sense of protection from this aggressive practice as, when used, the throne conjures up notions of authority, empowerment and dominance against oppression. Drawing inspiration from his African-Caribbean heritage, Mac has created a furniture piece informed by stories from his relatives, and aspects of his more distant ancestry. Through a composition of powerful, spear-like forms, an encompassing backrest, and a vivid ultramarine hue, the designer has created a visually intense object designed to dominate and overwhelm its surroundings. Much like a throne, this dominating ash structure is intended to frame, enhance and empower its human subject. Having been eased into a nonchalant sitting position, the sitter is then encouraged to investigate and explore the sculpted forms and intricacies that hide below the intense blue stain. practice to explore his own identity.