Spirit of Three

Godfrey Kututwa

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Spirit of Three by godfrey kututwa

Shona Stone Sculpture

Stone: Spring Stone

Dimensions: 23 x 14 x 11 inches

The sculpture depicts three spirits inhabiting one body. The upper body of the sculpture resembles an animal while the lower body is that of a human face with opposing facial profiles, half the face being blind and the other with vision. In Shona culture, a personÕs being is authenticated by existence of three identities (spirits): the self (sighted half of the face), the departed ancestor (the blind half) and the Mutupo totem (represented by an animal or a body part of an animal.) In any traditional ceremony these three identities are established before any proceedings take place. The artist sums up the Òthree in oneÓ cultural identities of the Shona people and presents its facets in one representative masterpiece, he calls The spirit of Three.

Godfrey was born in 1967 in Honde Valley in Zimbabwe. Though physically incapacitated, he did not allow his physical impermanent to derail and rob him of his dream or limit him in any way. Unable to speak and almost completely deaf, he started sculpting at the age of 21 as a direct result of encouragement from Claud Nyanhongo, one of ZimbabweÕs leading artists (whose sons and daughters are also artists).

For several years Claud stayed with Godfrey in Chitungwiza and mentored him. Since 1996, he has been working independently in his own studio and has since found his own style as he feeds the language of nature into his sculptures, focusing on nature and the human form, coming out with powerful and expressive sculptures.

ABOUT THE STONE:

Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones will contain inclusions, pits, or fissures as a result of its geological formation. The natural recurring iron/seaweed strata lines in the stone give the stone its character and makes it unique.

Natural lines are colorful lines formed within the stone. These are not flaws, but rather signifies the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment.

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What are Shona Sculptures?

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.

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Where the Stone is Found

The typical Shona stone is an abundant material in Zimbabwe, with much of the stone coming from the counties “Great Dyke”. This geological formation which stretches along Lake Kariba on Zimbabwe's southern border with Zambia contains some 375 minerals plus fossils dating back 500 million years ago

Shona sculptures come in many shapes and sizes, as they are usually carved from pieces of stone that vary considerably. The stones most often used in Shona sculpture are sandstone, serpentine and granite.

How The Sculptures Are Created