Papa Legba Leather, found metal objects, shells, fabric, hair, and horns., 29 x 14 in., 2015 3950.00 After its completion, I researched deities of the vodun religion from Haiti to be inspired with a name for this mask. Papa Legba represents the facilitator of communication, speech and understanding.
Ogun Wire, leather, bullet casings, cowry shells, cloth, bottle tops, metal, 28" x 16", 2015, $4785 Ogun is made from leather, shells, wire, fabric, bullet casings, hair, and other found objects. Ogun represents the warrior spirit. This mask embodies strength, ?erceness, and masculinity. During slavery in Haiti, Ogun was the diety prayed to to give the people strength to revolt against the slave masters.
Artist Statement I have always enjoyed creating art, it has been my way to escape into another dimension, a space of imagination and wonder. When I see scraps of metal or odds and ends of recyclables, my visions begin, creating a whirlwind of ideas.Creating art has been a passion of mine since childhood, it swells within me like breath itself.
The masks I create are representative of West African masks in which I receive much of my inspiration. Through my masks, they embrace the celebration of ancestral spirits. Their creations are to give honor, respect,and commemoration to our ancestors that have come before us.
Ferocious and gentle is how I would describe my masks. Each mask has energy and life beyond the found objects and refuse that I use. I am attracted to things that might have had life and still have energy attached to them, especially bones, teeth, hair and shells. My masks celebrate the energy power of our ancestors.
Bio Noah Franklin Williams was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. His exposure to art began in his early childhood, with his mother being his primary art teacher. Noah attended West Potomac High School in which he excelled in art and was chosen to be in the honors art class. He took several art classes at Northern Virginia Community College to further enhance his creativity.
Noah’s sculptures can mesmerize you with curiosity of his ability to layer upon layer scraps of metal, wire and bottle caps to create outstanding structures from the real world and beyond. His sculptures truly harness his talent for finding everyday discarded items that arouse his visions beyond their traditional use.Creating recycled art has been the essence of Noah’s creative vision before “think green” became a popular mantra.