AFRO-CUBISM

The Journey

Step 1: Sketching of Afro – Cubism Sculpture

The sketching step is a crucial part of the initial and intentional Afro – Cubism process that revolves around the assembly of sketching materials that allow for a process to capture this intended 3D Afro – Cubism idea in an initial 2D Afro – Cubism format. The Afro – Cubism sculpture is not created ‘by accident’

Step 2: Excavation of the Stone

The excavation step is undertaken after a survey of specifically identified, suitable mines located in the Tabaka area of Kisii County. This very thoughtfully and systematically review of mines includes the availability of the finest quality stone that is consistent in type, size and colour, for undertaking the intended Afro – Cubism sculpture.

Step 3: Marking

The marking of the 3D physical stone step is the first step of moving from the initial 2D Afro –Cubism format onto the 3D physical stone, via markings with colored pencils. This step is necessary to put the 2D Afro – Cubism sketch on the 3D physical stone, placing the original 2D Afro – Cubism paper design on the 3D physical stone.

Step 4: Cutting

The cutting of the 3D physical stone with angle grinder step is the initial action of piercing the 2D Afro – Cubism paper design on the 3D physical stone, through a mounted, 6 inch, diamond orbit disc, which is used for the first cutting to remove unwanted form. This cutting stage with angle grinder also enables a clear examination of the 3D physical stone to confirm that it is suitable for the intended Afro – Cubism sculpture.

Step 5: Fine Cutting

The fine cutting of the Afro – Cubism sculpture step is the stage where the actual shape of the Afro – Cubism sculpture begins to intentionally emerge as originally envisioned in the initial 2D Afro – Cubism format.

Step 6: Grinding

The grinding of the Afro – Cubism sculpture step is the stage where the Afro – Cubism sculpture is ground with a diamond cap wheel to achieve a smoother texture to prepare for dry polishing.

Step 7: Dry polishing

The dry polishing of the Afro – Cubism sculpture step is the stage where an abrasive diamond wheel with different grits of 60 to 80 glitters, is applied to the Afro – Cubism sculpture, in order to make it smooth for wet polishing.

Step 8: Wet Polishing

The wet polishing of the Afro – Cubism sculpture is the stage where a further diamond polisher obit grinder pad with glitters is applied with water and soft cloth for removing the watery paste, providing a deeper, more defined texture.

Step 9: Waxing

The waxing of the Afro – Cubism sculpture is the stage undertaken by the finest glitters of 800, 1,500, 2,000, and 3,000. Before the wax is applied, the Afro – Cubism sculpture has to stay in direct sunlight for several hours. The wax must then be applied repeatedly with a soft brush, allowed to stand, and then stiffly wiped to achieve the shining surface of the Afro – Cubism sculpture as well as preserve the stone sculpture’s natural color.

Step 10: Signing and Dating

The signing and dating of the Afro – Cubism sculpture stage is the last but very important step to confirm the provenance of its originality and time.