“KOKABOLA" is a Lingala word meaning to divide; to share.
During the transatlantic slave trade Africans from the Congo were taken and brought to Puerto Rico as slaves. Tainos and Africans shared many survival and craft skills, including the skill of hand carving. The original design of the Vejigante mask from Loiza was inspired by the traditional masks of the Congo.
I created this mask to represent the influence and pride of African heritage in Puerto Rico. The design was inspired by traditional Vejigante and Congolese mask colrs, marking, and shapes.
Hand carved dried coconut, branches, acrylic, stain, dried grass, salvaged wood