Rain Goddess

2019

Butter Jade

  • 35.5cm (h)
  • 18cm (w)
  • 9.5cm (d)

10.5kg

portrait photo of Tago Tazvitya

“There is power in women. I have experienced it when people have been saved by women, from different worlds and backgrounds. They are doing more charitable things than men, they are more caring. To plants, rain is nurturing. When it rains, all life is happy. To people, women are like rain, they are the nurturers.”

Tago is an incurable romantic who explores human relationships, in this case the role of women in society, 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, a sign that the rains are around the corner. In that context, the sculpture of an elegant stork represents both the nourishing rainwater and the nurturing role often played by women.

‘Butter jade’ is the local name for this beautiful pale green and cream stone. Although it looks layered like shale or slate, it’s actually tremendously hard and works much more like flint. It is not actual jade.