Study - iNgqweji IV (Bird's Nest)
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Previously exhibited at Miami 2021 for $15,000.00.
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In Andile Dylavane’s series, iNgqweji, comprising of studies for larger-scale pieces, he incorporates nichrome wire into his recognisable ceramic works. These mimic strands of thatch and are used in the kiln element; their ability to withstand heat, rusting, and burn. This material inclusion is inspired by the large nests of the sociable weaver birds, seen by Dyalvane on a trip to the Karoo and Northern Cape in South Africa. He was in awe of the creativity and intricate skill of these beautiful, sculptural objects.
Driving along the road, he noticed the weaver birds built nests between the electricity pylons rather than the trees, and that they faced downwards making them difficult for snakes to access. This adaptation to their surroundings fascinated Dylavane, and reminded him of the architecture of thatch housing in his home village where the different elements of mud and thatch allow for these enclosures to be cool in summer and warm in winter.
In Study – iGqweji IV (Bird’s Nest), Dyalvane included a set of stairs: a commentary on how these birds build onto pre-existing manmade structure and the juxtaposition of the natural and constructed environment. While the weather bird has adapted to the human environment, these large nests can cause issues for residents: the nests fill and become very heavy when it rains, therefore breaking the wiring between the pylons, causing outages in the surrounding areas.
16.0 x 35.0 x 305.0 cm (6.3 x 13.8 x 120.1 in)