Type of Stone: Spring Stone
Dimensions: 39 x 10 x 4 inches
The artist captures an ordinary moment between mother and daughter, immortalizes it in stone, and makes it unique, special and enduring. The mother wants her princess to feel loved, cherished, and secure. She is determined to set a good foundation for a loving and thriving relationship between herself and her daughter.
A second generation artist born in 1977 of a Tonga mother and a Sena father, in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe. During secondary school, Boet went to live with his grandfather through whom he met, and was inspired by, renowned sculptor Tinashe Makaza. He was also influenced by Samuel Masakwa, as well as some of ZimbabweÕs best artists including Dominic Benhura, Ignatius Zhuwakiyi, and Garison Machinjili. He started sculpting fulltime at the age of 20. In 2010 and 2012 he won awards at the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA). Evident in almost every sculpture he carves is his love of women and children.
The most dedicated of artists display a high degree of integrity, never copying and still working entirely by hand, with spontaneity and a confidence in their skills, unrestricted by externally imposed ideas of what their "art" should be. Now, over fifty years on from the first tentative steps towards a new sculptural tradition, many Zimbabwean artists make their living from full-time sculpting and the very best can stand comparison with contemporary sculptors anywhere else.
The sculpture they produce speaks of fundamental human experiences - experiences such as grief, elation, humor, anxiety, and spiritual search - and has always managed to communicate these in a profoundly simple and direct way that is both rare and extremely refreshing.
The artist 'works' together with his stone, and it is believed that 'nothing which exists naturally is inanimate' - it has a spirit and life of its own. One is always aware of the stone's contribution in the finished sculpture and it is indeed fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly colored serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.Read More