lisa lapinski
Mosque of Sankoré - 2001

wallpaper, adhesive, sticks
73,66 x 63,5 x 63,5 cm / 29 x 25 x 25 in

This sculpture belongs to a trio from 2001, Mosque of Sankoré, Mosque of Boré, and Mosque of Mapti, and suggests rough-hewn models of Islamic sacred architecture. These precarious constructions are made from slabs of glue-stiffened layered wallpaper, with prickly sticks emanating from all sides. Lapinski has stated that the objects derive from 19th-century photographs of Harar, a forlorn Ethiopian trading post frequented by Symbolist poet turned wandering entrepreneur Arthur Rimbaud.