Look What I Am

2019

Verdite

  • 24cm (h)
  • 19cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)

6.5kg

She is young and beautiful, with elegant features, and carries herself with pride.

A lovely small piece from Rufaro Murenza, a former apprentice to established artist Joe Mutasa. Rufaro was the 2015 winner and three-time finalist of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Awards 3D sculpture category.

Rufaro shows his confidence with the chisel through the sharply defined features of her beautiful face. He has used a grinder to create the detail of her hair. For the shiny surfaces, he has sanded them smooth and then heated the stone and applied clear wax, then polished them up to a high gloss.

This glorious bright green stone is verdite, a very hard and expensive semi-precious stone that is much prized by Zimbabwean sculptors (and collectors!) for its beautiful intense green colour. The internal texture of the stone is an absorbing marbling of colours.