Discreet Lover

2019

Agate

  • 25cm (h)
  • 29cm (w)
  • 14cm (d)

10kg

portrait photo of Tago Tazvitya

“Someone who is careful. They make a decision before they act, they think before they move.”

Tago is an incurable romantic who explores human relationships using his trademark storks as symbols.

In Zimbabwe, storks arrive at the beginning of the rainy season, and they are seen as a symbol of good luck, as a blessing to land and people.

Storks form lasting pair bonds; to Tago, they symbolise the ideal relationship between man and woman. Here, his use of the word ‘discreet’ suggests someone whose courtship is thoughtful and well-planned, rather than a cheating lover.

Agate is a very unusual medium for a Zimbabwean sculptor; indeed, Tago is one of very few artists who dare to take it on. Its extreme hardness (it needs electric tools to be worked, as it can’t be done by hand) makes it difficult and expensive to sculpt, but the end result is extraordinary. This particular type we could call ‘blue lace agate’, and it’s absolutely stunning. This is the largest piece of Zimbabwean agate we have seen.