Zak Ove's avatar Zak Ove

My work reveals elements and peculiarities of characters who inspire me through their personal stories and colourful existence in the face of adversity. I developed an interest in the power of transfigurement through photographing the ‘Old Mas’ characters played in the Trinidad Carnival. Each year masqueraders liberate an inner spirit, giving it shape and form through masks, costume and play. The inner spirit brings a new focus on life and I use this manifestation in creating fantastical characters; a roll call of super heroes and time travellers divested from earthy existence redressing culture as they see fit. My sculptures fuse old and new world materials, often incorporating original African masks and traditional artisan techniques while introducing found objects from markets. In mixing all these seemingly clashing elements, I reveal the power of play in the process of emancipation for an individual from the contained experience of the ‘self’.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 0
  • Medium: Mixed media
  • Width: 0
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 0