Hidden Strength

2019

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 44cm (h)
  • 36cm (w)
  • 25cm (d)

16kg

portrait photo of Tonderai Sowa

The top circle is the grandfather (sekuru) and the right is grandmother (ambuya).

“In our culture, the man is the head of family but the mother also plays an important role equal to the head of the household.”

The female loop at the side is equal in size to the top loop, which represents the man of the household. However, her loop is slightly hidden, reflecting the fact that she wields her power within the household rather than in the public arena.

As with all Tonderai’s sculptures, this piece has been carved by hand from a single piece of raw stone.┬áTonderai has restrained himself with this piece, and has kept the form relatively simple – to great effect.