Large Composition with Round Earrings, Heart Earrings, Bamboo Earrings and Chickenheads with Twenty Gold Impressions
This sculptural relief casts hoop earrings from 1990s hip-hop culture as celebratory symbols of female empowerment and maturity while also evoking an ancient carved tablet. Brown's pieces are presented as if they were artifacts from another era. She explores both the anthropological and aesthetic dimensions of her materials.
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LaKela Brown sculptural reliefs evoke ancient art forms such as hieroglyphic wall carvings or cuneiform relief tablets. She references 1990s hip-hop culture by using rope chain necklaces, gold-capped teeth and chicken heads, while posing door-knocker hoop earrings as celebratory symbols of female empowerment and maturity. Brown presents her pieces as if they were artifacts discovered from another era in museum-like displays that invite examinations as much anthropological as aesthetic.