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Ade Vodun

Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)

Sonya Clark is an African-American artist who is inspired by African cultures.  In this work, she focuses on the cone-like pointed forms of Yoruba king's crowns.  A similar form also communicates power in the neighboring Benin Kingdom, where the mother of a king wears a pointed headpiece adorned with red coral beads.  The surface ornaments relate to sequin-covered objects of Haitian religious traditions.

Sonya Clark, Madison; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2002).

Object Information

Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)
creation date
braided toyo straw, beads, sequins
13 x 6 x 8 in.
accession number
credit line
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane Fund
© Sonya Clark