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Maker: Jeremy Wafer
born 1953, South Africa
African Form IV
Date: 1996
Medium: Plaster, wax, pigment
Dimensions: H x W x D: 42.2 x 26.5 x 12 cm (16 5/8 x 10 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of David Driskell in memory of Sylvia H. Williams
Geography: South Africa
Object Number: 97-12-4
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Growing up on a farm in Kwazulu-Natal, Wafer became sensitive to the material nature and communicative power of organic forms. The textured surfaces of Wafer's series of eight ovoid sculptures make subtle references to African pottery and body scarification motifs (forms I, II and IV), tiny droplets of blood (form III) and delicate incision marks (form VI). Seen together, these works integrate cultural and organic elements, demonstrating the artist's meditative engagement with the rich, symbolic potential of material form. The unique surfaces of his work also evoke the patterns typically found on Zulu headrests, meat plates and clay pots.

Plaster sculpture with a surface covered with small pyramidal protuberances.

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