National Gallery of Zimbabwe Acquires Artwork
I am thrilled to share some exhilarating news that marks a significant milestone in my journey as an artist. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has recently acquired one of my artworks, a piece that holds a special place in my heart and creative journey. The artwork, titled 'As Above So Below', was part of the Sibone Okunye Exhibition and has now found a new home within the esteemed walls of the National Gallery.
'As Above So Below' is not just any artwork; it is a labor of love, a large icansi measuring 5 meters in width, which I meticulously adorned with gold stars, thorns, shells, and bones. Each element, carefully chosen and placed, is steeped in deep symbolism, reflecting a narrative that is both personal and universal.
The constellation-like arrangement of bones, stars, and thorns across the icansi surface is a profound meditation on the interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual realms. It is an homage to the ancestral guidance believed to be embedded within the celestial bodies, providing both physical and spiritual direction. This piece embodies my reflection on the ancestral wisdom and the celestial guidance that shapes our existence.
The thorns, in particular, carry a dual meaning. On one hand, they hint at the denigration of African religion and spirituality, drawing a parallel to Christ's crown of thorns as an icon of divine sovereignty. On the other hand, these feral thorns symbolize nature's secretive resilience and the selective revelation of wisdom by our ancestors, akin to nature's guarded secrets.
Having 'As Above So Below' recognized and acquired by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe is a profound honor. It symbolizes not only the acceptance of my work within the Zimbabwean art community but also the recognition of the narratives and histories that my art seeks to convey. This acquisition is a testament to the power of art in bridging cultures, histories, and spiritual beliefs, and I am deeply humbled and grateful for this acknowledgment.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for this incredible honor and to all of you who have supported my artistic journey. Your encouragement and belief in my work have been invaluable, and this achievement is as much yours as it is mine.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. Here's to many more milestones together!