Responsibility

2018

Avocado Serpentine

  • 89.5cm (h)
  • 52cm (w)
  • 14cm (d)

32.5kg

portrait photo of Charles Kowo

Charles Kowo

Sculptor

This sculpture explores a particular relationship between two people. The person underneath is responsible for the one above – either emotionally or financially. They are literally bearing the weight of their responsibility for the other person, so their life is not easy. The twists show their life is not smooth, the demands of responsibility put obstacles in their path. By comparison, the perfect circle above shows that the cared-for person has a smooth easy life.

It seems unfair that one person must bear the burden of another, but family ties in particular can be hard to escape.

Charles was a new addition to Guruve’s gallery last year and all his pieces sold within a few months. If you like his work, do also browse works by Peter Gwisa – a similar style but working in different parts of the country so we can be sure there’s no cross-fertilisation!

Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking pale green and yellow colouration. It is suitable for outdoor display, though we would recommend covering it with fleece during very cold weather for peace of mind.

The colours in the stone are entirely natural, merely enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.┬áThe lines you can see are part of the natural serpentine stone – they are not cracks or lines of weakness.