STRATA

STRATA I, 2017 
Size: 6’3″ x 6’3″ 
Materials: Raffia, Cobalt Oxide, Copper and Aluminum
Skin into Blankets, 2018
45 x 43 inches
raffia, copper and cobalt oxide
“Fingers in the soil”, 2017
raffia and cobalt oxide
70 x 44 x 6 inches



This project uses raffia stained with cobalt. Cobalt is a material that is extracted through mining and recently became a crucial commodity needed for rechargeable batteries. Cobalt is very often sourced from the Congo through labor practices that infringe on human rights laws, perpetuating colonial and neo-colonial strategies of acquiring raw material from Africa. These works are made by dismantling phone batteries to extract the copper, cobalt oxide and aluminum to create a dye. The raffia is then dyed in this solution and then stitched together with the copper. The dying technique refers to a Congolese method of creating Kuba cloth, though modified to create motifs of rock strata to discuss both ideas of mining and repeated histories. 

“Three children stand and lay in the soil”, 2018, 
101 x 76 x 9 in
Raffia, cobalt oxide, copper, graphite, lithium
stargazer copy 2
Stargazer, 2017
65 x 38 x 99 inches
Raffia and Cobalt oxide
05_MuddyHeart
Karmali_Strata_II_3 copy
Muddy Heart, 2019
60” x 44″ x 6″
raffia, copper and cobalt oxide 
Rwenzoris, 2018
48 x 15 x 5 inches 
raffia, lithium, steel and cobalt oxide
new insta_201
“Blanket for the unknown provider”, 2018

42” x 67” inches

raffia, lithium, steel and cobalt oxide