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Carving and the community
Over the past term, my class and I started a topic on sculptures and we were asked to produce one of our own.
I chose to do a sculpture of an all time, well known rap artist, who goes by the name, Tupac Shakur.
I chose to sculpt him because has been a great inspiration to me and may others, not just through his music, but also in his role-play in many movies and his own personal views on life coming from the ghetto.
Tupac’s life was very easy to relate to. The kind of area he grew up in and the kind of people he grew up with, sounded very similar to how things were in Peckham, where I have grown up.
Peckham was, and still is, thought of an area that is so bad and dangerous that the people that live there, (mainly youngsters) have to almost rebel to prove themselves, which only makes matters worse.
What people fail to realise is, half of the people that live in places like Peckham, were put there because they weren’t allowed to live anywhere else. Now they are trying to ‘Clean up’ Peckham, in order to right their own wrongs!
This is just like where Tupac grew up; poor, black people with no jobs, all of them living in an area that is constantly disintegrating.
My point is, that now, we do have improving areas and Tupac’s area is still the way it was. He has managed to make something of himself and do right.
My sculpture also expressed my cultural background. I am originally from Nigeria.
The sculpture is from Nigeria, a ‘Hip mask’ called benin. The bold formation of the eyes, lips and nose are what I liked most about it.
My sculpture is a mixture of Tupac and benin.
My sculpture is called, ‘Tupac Benin’
Benin is a place in Nigeria where my mother is from.

Tupac  Benin at dusk

Tupac Benin at dusk

Tupac before the dawn

Tupac before the dawn