Type of stone: Spring Stone
Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 9 inches This is piece is inspired by the story of an African bride. Upon payment of lobola, the bride is presented by her family to the GroomÕs family and usually the extended family. A week later, the bride is taken to her in-laws homestead, normally at dusk, accompanied by people singing and chanting bridal songs. She will be covered in a beautiful white veil and people will not see her face. Every few steps the bride will stop walking while she is presented with gifts. This continues until she reaches the homestead. She sits on the doorstep and is presented with more gifts. Once inside the hut, she and her aunt sit on a traditional mat made of reeds. In order to see her face, family and friends present her with money and other gifts, amid cheers of joy and jubilation, singing, cheering and dancing. SHEPHARD MADZIKATIRE Born 1970, in Rusape, in eastern Zimbabwe, Shephard has been creating works of art since his primary school years. In the 1990Õs, his inspiration came largely from Job KekanaÕs wood carvings. His work is almost abstract, featuring humans and animals, and influenced by African culture and traditional beliefs. Shephard now lives in Chitungwiza (near Harare). His work has been extensively exhibited in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
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