size: 9 sculptures – largest: 78x78x66 cm, smallest: 49x35x33 cm
materials: ceramic, geode / lava / rocksalt, swarovski, glass, feathers, hair, lace, nails, sequence, felt , gold leaf
context: Anarusha; “to propel” in kiswahili’. Anaruka; ‘to fly’ in kiswahili nr.1 to 9′, made in New York City. Special thanks to Chashama
exhibitions:’There is no Looking Glass Here’: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined’, Deutsche Bank, NYC – ‘Anarusha’, Chashama Gallery 461, NYC
catalogue: Gant K.,‘There is no Looking Glass Here’: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined’
download: Anarusha PDF file includes sizes
There is no Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined
Deutsche Bank Catalogue – Essay ‘Another Side’ p.8 – by Kimberly Gant
Originally from Suriname (a former Dutch colony), Landvreugd grew up in the Netherlands.
His work …, combines variations of cultures and religions together, while also addressing the notion of African people as exotic and extreme.
Anaruka is very ornate and decorative; a bust covered in glossy black lacquer paint, with large geode crystals emanating from the back of the skull and mounds of various hair types and jewelry surrounding the base. By taking an historical European art form and embellishing it, Landvreugd “creol-izes” it, making his bust a personal hybrid.
Entitled Anaruka (“to fly” in Swahili) and part of a larger series Anarusha (“to propel” in Swahili), Landvreugd uses an aspect of the traditional religion of Surinamese Creoles. …
Landvreugd’s Anaruka is an air spirit. Which takes a person’s soul to the ultimate Creator on the movements of the wind an is a representation of freeing [one]self