by Paa Joe
Air Jordan is a miniature example of abebuu adekai, or “proverbial receptacle.” In abebuu adekai, loved ones are buried in brightly painted wood coffins shaped like their dreams, craft, or favorite indulgences.
Paa Joe is considered the finest coffin craftsman in Ghana. His creations take weeks to make but are seen for only days before going subterranean. His sculpture has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR, the Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA. His largest show yet will open at the American Folk Art Museum, NY, USA in 2018, but his work remains unpretentious and focused on the person for whom the works are made true to abebuu adekai.
By Paa Joe, 2018
Wood, hinge, and sealed polychrome
12.5 x 4.75 x 6 inches