This installation consists of 18 hydro dipped mealie dolls, two digital and photolithographic prints, and one hydro dipped Kudu horn, Yemenite shofar. I am ‘blowing the whistle’ or giving voice. Using my artwork, I speak of the influences that have shaped my values and convictions, in relation to both my personal and artistic journey.
I have hydro dipped the shofar, using photographs and line drawings of church ceilings, and angelic sculptures blowing the horn. The technique integrates the object and the image, forcing them to become one. The Shofar is used in Judeo-Christian culture as a sacred instrument. It is used at the beginning of a battle, or an event, to call upon God for His guidance, and again at the end to thank God for all that He has done.
The prints illustrate two of the ways I have acquired insight that has shaped my values: first from the Bible, and then from African folklore and mythology. They signify a battle between pride and humility. Pride in my faith, values, traditions, and accomplishments but humility in knowing I am a result of outside investment. Knowing that I am not to boast, but rather give thanks.
The mealie dolls are a part of every Zimbabwean childs’ toy box; they represent both the ways of children, and the community that socializes their beliefs. I have hydro dipped 9 of them with juxtapositions of Zimbabwean Chetenge fabric and flowers typical to the African landscape. The other 9 are hydro dipped with flora and fauna typical to the regional South of the USA. This reinforces the dynamic geographic regions my journey has occurred in; they are arranged to create community.