|Sculptor honours Vice President Mujuru|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00|
Richmore Tera Arts Correspondent
husband Solomon Mujuru.
The 1,3 metre-tall artifact was carved in opal and resembles the image of VP Mujuru holding a flower as a symbol of her undying love for her late husband who died in an inferno at his Ruzambo Farm in Beatrice.
“To us, Mai Mujuru is like a mother and when she lost her husband we were touched and opted to sculpt this piece which we intend to hand over to her.
He added that he also decided to do the piece together with his two young brothers — Washington (24) and Lewanika (22) — because VP Mujuru, in a big way, reminded them of the principles that their late mother stood for.
“Our mother Colleen (Madamombe) was also committed to women’s rights and the role they play in society. This is the vision that we are taking over and we feel very inspired by the contribution that Mai Mujuru is making in Zimbabwe and on the African continent.
The sculpture, that weighs about 1 000 kilogrammes, tells it all, not only in its title, “You Broke My Heart” but also in the posture that the artists rendered in it — that of a sorrowful woman.
In the sculpture, VP Mujuru is dressed in a top and skirt that are adorned in heart-shaped and flower designs, two symbols that denote undying love and at the same time, a feeling of mourning.
Kudakwashe’s professional sculpting career began in 2002 after finishing high school at Kutama College in Zvimba. But before that, his passion for art had started at an early age during his days at Widdecombe Primary School in Harare, where he would take time away from books to visit his sculpting parents Colleen and father Fabion — who is still alive and based at Chapungu Sculpture Village.
It was then that he started dabbling in art.