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Livingstone Amoako (b. 1976) hails from Seniagya in the Ashanti Region of Ghana where he lives and works. He has drawn particular attention for his colossal snail shells installations – distinctive large-scale forms of thousands of snail shells sourced from market women in Kumasi. He then through ardent process of assemblage, puts them together with binding wire, and mostly installs them at public spaces. His monumental pieces draw connections between consumption, waste, environmental issues and climate change.
Livingstone was trained at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi where he had both his BFA and MFA. He has exhibited extensively in particular Kumasi and Accra. Notable of the exhibitions are “Cornfields in Accra”, 2016 and “Orderly Disorderly”, 2017 at the Museum of Science and Technology, Accra.
Many of Livingstone’s monuments are variable in form, they can be shaped in any way and rehabilitated in appearance for each installation. Working with wood, clay, resin, stones and most recently the discarded empty snail shells, Livingstone discontinues with sculpture’s traditional obedience to forms of permanent shape while visually referencing the history of abstraction in African and European art. The sculptures in wood and ceramics introduce ideas about the function of objects in everyday life, and the role of language in deciphering visual symbols. Livingstone integrates African proverbs, poems and sometimes Adinkra symbols in his work.