Lovely Preening Birds
Peter Chidzonga

2015

Springstone

40cm (h)

24cm (w)

9cm (d)

9kg

SOLD

Many bird species form long term partnerships for raising their young, and couples may stay together for many years. They often preen each other's feathers to reinforce their bond.

The black shiny areas have been sanded, waxed and polished. Peter then achieves the feathered effect by stroking the surface of the sculpture with a blunt rasp. This abrasion lightens the surface of the stone, creating contrast in colour and texture.

Springstone is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has an even internal structure with very small grains; it is dense and has very few flaws, and is perfect for Peter's precise work.

Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Lovely Preening Birds - front left Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Lovely Preening Birds - back left Shona sculpture by artist Peter Chidzonga from Zimbabwe: Lovely Preening Birds - back