The Life Of An Artist


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 81cm (h)
  • 61cm (w)
  • 34cm (d)


“Sometimes up, sometimes down, always moving, that’s the life of an artist.”

To become a full-time artist, in whichever country, is to embrace a life of great highs and lows. Income is irregular and success far from guaranteed. This is even more so for young sculptors in Zimbabwe, who face particular economic and political challenges that place obstacles to their careers at every turn.

The twists and turns of the movement in the sculpture express how Washington Matafi feels the path of his life has flowed – and he is one of the lucky ones, with several trips to Germany to be Artist in Residence at sculpture workshops over recent years.

Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. This springstone comes from Impinge near Mvurwi in northern Zimbabwe, and is sometimes called Impinge Serpentine.