I discovered and fell in love with drawing, painting and the concept of abstraction during the design element of my recently completed jewellery making/silversmithing course.
My paintings come into being in several ways, but always ultimately guided by my subconscious instinct, an almost primal expression of the intangible part of myself. I allow this to guide the creative process, colour choice and title.
At times I ‘anchor’ my paintings with one or more dots, lines or symbols from which I allow the rest of the work to be freer. Other days a title will subconsciously emerge, and I pick the colours I feel best express that title.
Being from Zimbabwe, some days I may feel, as an immigrant, a nostalgia for home and find myself working with more African/earthy colours like browns, reds and greens. It’s been a journey of self-discovery as a product of post-colonialism how I’ve come to subconsciously interpret and abstract what Africa or Zimbabwe visually means to me.
I paint until I have a subconscious feeling of completion, that all that I need to express that day has been expressed.
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Studied NC Jewellery at Glasgow Kelvin College