Maia Magoga Corn Candle
Eco-soy wax and pigment
20 x 5 x 5 cm
Edition of 25
£55.00 – £60.00
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Maia Magoga’s corn candles draw deep inspiration from the pertinent symbolism of corn, or maíz, within traditional mesoamerican cultures, where the corn crop is revered as Mother, provider, and as creator of humankind. Interested in the ways that seeds carry stories, Magoga considers them as archives that simultaneously apprehend the past, the present and the future. Using the candle as an emblem of time-keeping, her corn candles attempt to touch on the multi-temporal existence we collectively inhabit, suggesting a shift outwards, into a deep time, an anti-capitalist time, while remaining rooted in our present reality.
Maia Magoga (b.1994) is a London-born visual artist and cook of mixed Brazilian and Argentinian descent. Growing up, food was the primary love language in her home. She inherited a fondness for the potential of food to carve out loving spaces- spaces of care + nourishment that simultaneously feed a sense of belonging. Her practice continues to foreground the boundless potential of food as metaphor to address conversations around ecology, the geo-political and ancestral ways of knowing. She works with food as both subject and object.
She has an MA from the RCA in Visual Communication where she was awarded the Gordon Peter Pickard research grant, and a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Maia also co-founded goby-fish collective in 2019. They host anti-capitalist concept dinners and create edible installations that centre dialogue, collaboration and knowledge exchange. They are part of Collective Ending, an artist-led gallery and studio space based in Deptford, South East London. She has been artist-in-residence at Omved Gardens since October 2020, an interdisciplinary space in-between art and ecology.