Munroe’s Studio: Every Voice

Lavar Munroe. The Artist-Trickster is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and a hybrid medium that straddle the line between sculpture and painting.

I would like to facilitate the construction of a larger than life-sized grouping of singing (choir/opera) that will take the form of 6 to 8 feet free standing mask-like heads to create a mass (grouping) that will confront, challenge and guide viewers through the biennials space.

Like masks, votives and amulets throughout religious and mythological history, the heads will be embellished with meaningful and culturally relevant objects from in and around Kampala, be in from personal homes, streets, or animistic objects believed to have specific powers. They will all have the mouths theatrically opened as if rejoicing or crying or conversating or singing. 

The objects will then be covered in latex (paint or solvent) to secure the fragile pieces and also to give them a sense of uniformity. These works will all take on personalized characteristics as individuals in the workshop will be giving free reign to interpret each mask (guardians/votives/performers) as they see fit giving mere size and structural guidelines from myself. The embellishments and most of the construction will be a community effort. The uniformity of things will occur once the masks are painted in white latex paint and erected in and around the space.