I am an innovative female artist from Zimbabwe who has a broad career in arts in the UK and Zimbabwe. Embracing a creative outlook on life, I have adopted my home in The Scottish Borders as my thinking and working space. Building my artwork, layer upon layer is a cathartic process and allows me to transcend the challenges of daily life and enter a more creative and spiritual space.
My signature Medium
In creating my artwork I enjoy exploring unconventional mark making techniques such as burning, branding and working with resist methods. My resist technique for creating textile prints is Sadza corn starch paste. Sadza is also the staple diet of Zimbabweans and it is the food I grew up eating every day. As such it is the daily bread of my existence, providing nourishment to both body and mind. It both comforts and grounds me, attaching me to my motherland like an umbilical cord. I am also fascinated by reimagining natural and man made objects in my art work. Their previous functionality point, not only to our constructed heritage, but also to the personal experiences and lives of our ancestors. Reclaimed in my work, these artefacts find new meanings connecting both past, present and future.
I use my artwork to advocate for mental well being within the ethnic and marginalised communities in Scotland. My artistic ‘voice’ campaigns for ‘stolen identities’ and aims to reclaim my own identity as an artist in a society presenting many barriers to integration and professional development.
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Photography and video by: Ewan Bush
(Mr Man Productions)