Award-winning sculptor eyes 5 Namas

HARARE - Three-time National Arts Merit Award (Nama)-winning sculptor Forbes Mushipe is looking forward to bag more awards in future.

Mushipe first won a Nama award in 2011 with his mixed media master piece titled Barika while Melodies From the Mermaid landed him another accolade the following year.

In 2013, Mushipe won the award with Nhapwasikana ahead of Johnson Zuze’s Barking Dog and Anthony Ngandu’s School Children.

“Everyone has a dream and my dream is to win Nama awards five consecutive years and I am working hard to see the dream materialising,” he told the Daily News in his home town of Gweru recently.

“I dreamt of this before I won my first award and now I am happy that I am left with only two years to achieve this.”

Mushipe draws most of his artistic inspiration from Gweru’s high density suburb of Mkoba where he dwells.

He has no plans to move away from the area as of now.

“Mkoba is a high activity suburb where I get inspiration from,” he said. “I do not think I will make it right in my art career if I move away from Mkoba.

“I love working from my backyard and I feel like a real ambassador not only for Gweru but for the Midlands Province as a whole.”

He said he loves to interact with many people because his works seek to address societal ills including polygamy (Barika) and ill-treatment of girl child (Nhapwasikana) among others.

Born in Zimbabwe, he grew up in neighbouring Zambia.

Mushipe has participated in several exhibitions such as Zimbabwe Heritage in 2002 and Harare Biennial in 2004 as well as in South Africa.

Several of his hand-made artworks are scattered across the world in permanent collections and private galleries.

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