Aug 28, 2018

Sauveteur 3

Sauveteur 3


Pascale Marthine Tayou

(Cameroonian, b. 1966)

Crystal, raffia, cloth, rubber, plastic bags, chicken feathers, wood (probably eucalyptus), paint, tempera, nail polish, string, foam, plastic, adhesive, and other mixed media

Height: 132 cm (51 15/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Trust 2018.204


Did you know?

Tayou, who is male, uses the feminine versions of his first and middle names: Pascal and Martin.


The ethereal Sauveteur 3 draws its form from canonical power figures of central Africa, notably Kongo nkisi nkondo. Embellished with a range of found materials around the upper torso, the sculpture combines visual strategies in African art, traditional practices by African ritual specialists to activate power objects, and contextual references to everyday experiences to make shrewd commentary on present-day society.

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