born 1958, Nigeria
Douglas Camp creates large, semi-abstract, often kinetic, figurative works that are inspired by the sounds, movements and colors of Kalabari masquerades, funerals, plays, initiation ceremonies, regattas and festivals. As a product of Nigeria and England, her sculptures are expressions of a unique creative vision, not mere translations of events. Kalabari women traditionally do not carve wood or sculpt in steel and their roles in masquerades are limited. Douglas Camp thus crosses the boundaries of male and female domains, just as she transcends geographic boundaries.
This clapping figure recalls the coming-of-age ceremony for girls as they are initiated into womanhood. When initiates are presented to the community, they are dressed in valuable cloth wrappers and adorned with coral beads and necklaces.