Globes And Astronauts Come To Life In Artist Yinka Shonibare’s Work

Through life-sized sculptures, artist Yinka Shonibare CBE considers the grasp of colonialism and its lasting effects on modern conceptions of identity. Each faceless modern art figure is in the midst of an action, presented shooting a mass of cherry blossoms from a rifle, lumbering forward with a hefty mesh sack, or balancing a towering stack of cakes.

Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Woman Shooting Cherry Blossoms” (2019), unique fiberglass sculpture, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, bespoke hand-colored globe, steel, brass, zamak, wood, resin, and silk, 244 x 193 x 436 centimeters. All images © Yinka Shonibare CBE, by Stephen White
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Woman Shooting Cherry Blossoms” (2019), unique fiberglass sculpture, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, bespoke hand-colored globe, steel, brass, zamak, wood, resin, and silk, 244 x 193 x 436 centimeters. All images © Yinka Shonibare CBE, by Stephen White

These art sculpture figures vocatively posed, the figures are topped with globes and astronaut helmets, which simultaneously gestures toward movement in the form of travel and exploration while obscuring individual identities.

Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Woman Shooting Cherry Blossoms” (2019), unique fiberglass sculpture, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, bespoke hand-colored globe, steel, brass, zamak, wood, resin, and silk, 244 x 193 x 436 centimeters
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Refugee Astronaut (2015),” sculptures, fiberglass, a printed cotton, net, wood, metal, and plastic objects, and steel baseplate, 208 x 93 x 90 centimeters
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Girl Balancing Knowledge” (2015), fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, books, globe, and steel baseplate, 179 x 139 x 89 centimeters

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Known for using patterned textiles across mediums, the British-Nigerian modern artist, Yinka Shonibare, outfits his surreal modern sculptures with Batik fabrics, which have a history rooted in colonialism.

Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
Left: “Butterfly Kid (Boy)” (2015), fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, silk, metal, globe, leather, and steel baseplate, 127 x 75 x 88 centimeters. Right: “Planets in My Head, Music (French Horn)” (2019),
fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, French horn, globe, and steel baseplate, 137 × 55 × 51 centimeters
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Cake Man IV” (2015), fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, pocket watch, plaster, polystyrene, globe, leather and steel baseplate, 315 x 140 x 92 centimeters.

One of the world’s foremost artists, Yinka Shonibare CBE, has announced the development of his new artist residency in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021.

Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Child on Unicycle,” 2005
Globes And Astronauts Come To Like In Artist Yinka Shonibare's Work
“Planets in My Head (Trumpet Girl)” (2018), fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, trumpet, globe, and steel baseplate, 160 x 69 x 50 centimeters

The Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative modern design practices through artist residencies and international collaborations.

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