Creating the Crayon Mosaic “Anasi’s Web is the Universe”

Thank you so much to Sandra Lovelady, Jaz Henry, Channea Curley, Shawn Lemons, and the G.R.E.E.N. Project at Snooze A.M. for the generous donations of crayons! With your help we have reached our quota for the project.

The sculpture uses recycled materials such as plastic bottle caps, re-purposed wood, and recycled crayons.

Anasi is a part of West African Folklore. Anasi is known to be the storyteller, or the weaver of webs. Anasi is seen many times in African American culture, and perhaps my favorite Anasi the Spider story is “Anasi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti” . I am really enjoying the way Nnedi Okorafor has inserted Anasi into her sci-fi thriller “The Lagoon”, but I digress.

In the sculpture the spider climbs the length of the web. He can transverse both the spirit world and the physical world through all of time.

congo cosmogram

The Crayon Mosaic sculpture is a web that illustrates the Congo Cosmogram. Each web represents a part of the cosmogram. Clockwise from the top right web, each web represents Birth, Life, Death, Rebirth

Within the Web lies all of the other Andinkra symbols and concepts.

The sculpture is called “Anasi’s Web is the Universe”. I made this sculpture to engage with the philosophical work Yurugu: An African Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior.

This is the first of a set of Logic Boxes I intend to create based off my interaction with Marimba Ani’s work.

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