Test-tube

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“Test-Tube”  2016 mixed media, textile, found objects, cotton thread and rubber” 980 mm x 380 mm x 380 mm 

Private collection

Photo credit: Marthinus Strydom

This piece was inspired by the Test-pattern, which I remember from my childhood days- before television became a 24 hour thing:

A test card, also known as a test pattern or start-up/closedown test is a television test signal, typically broadcast at times when the transmitter is active but no programme is being broadcast (often at startup and closedown) – Wikipedia

and also partly inspired by the Nkisi figures from Africa:

Nkisi or Nkishi (plural varies: minkisi, zinkisi, or nkisi) are spirits, or an object that a spirit inhabits. It is frequently applied to a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin in Central Africa that are believed to contain spiritual powers or spirits. – wikipedia

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