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Black Man Grove: Fist

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Black Man Grove Series

The “Black Man Grove” series adopts the mangrove tree as a symbol of power and resilience. Nature has provided the mangrove with many adaptations that have allowed these trees to thrive in challenging ecological environments. The form of the work incorporates the tap root system and pneumatophores of the mangrove tree with abstractions of the clenched fist, a universal symbol of power and resistance. In this combination, it alludes to African Nkonde and Nkisi invocation figures. The resulting objects combine to create a testament to the resilience of nature and the human spirit.