AUTOPSY #4 - Mary-Lynn & Carlo Massoud
Autopsy is the first collaboration between siblings Mary-Lynn Massoud (ceramist) and Carlo Massoud (product designer). The project has been entirely produced in Cape Town by Bronze Age and Imiso. The collaboration between Lebanese designers and South African artisans is the result of a new and innovative alliance between Southern Guild and Carwan Gallery.
After an investigation in the use and history of the dolls in the region, the Massouds wanted to highlight the different rituals between the tribes and how each tribe symbolizes the protection of the female egg. The project explores the concept of fertility, symbolized by wounds and scars on the surface of the organic objects. Like ethnographic surgeons, the Massouds dissect the rough geometries to unveil certain details through these wounds. The Massouds then integrate the ritual of ornamentation with the use of locally produced materials like bronze and ceramic. This innovative representation of the dolls, brought to a larger scale, brings a new way to express these rituals, in a domestic environment.
The collection is composed of a series of six unique stools/tables editions, realized in casted bronze with bespoke colored oxidations and ceramic.
Produced in Cape Town, South Africa