Proud To Be Me

2023

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 132.5cm (h)
  • 38cm (w)
  • 28cm (d)

123kg

portrait photo of Tutani Mgabazi

Tutani Mgabazi

Sculptor

“I am proud to be who I am. I glance back over my shoulders while moving forward.”

She knows where she is coming from, where she is and where she is going. The glance back over her shoulder is a nod to her past, a retrospection that reveals how she came to be who she is in the here and now. With all this focus realised, on past, present and future, she is proud to be who she is.

This outstanding sculpture is one of the highlights of this year’s collection, and the photos really don’t do it justice! She’s very striking and would make a fantastic centrepiece.

Tutani has used various techniques to create this delightful sculpture. He has used a rasp, a grinder and a punch to create the drapes and folds of her dress. He’s also made clever use of the colour and texture of the raw stone, weaving it into the fabric of her dress. To achieve the shiny black surface, Tutani sanded the stone smooth and then applied clear wax.

The use of contrasting textures and finishes, and the sympathetic use of the natural form of individual pieces of stone, are very typical of the Shona sculpture movement as a whole.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and impermeable, and rarely has any imperfections, so it’s suitable for outdoor display even in temperate climates.

If the textured surface gets some greenery growing on it, you can easily wash this off with some water and a scrubbing brush. The sculpture itself won’t be affected.

Shipping is from the UK via tracked courier; P&P at buyer’s expense. The sculpture is already drilled, ready for installation. We can supply a suitable pin on request.