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My Spirit

I am immensely proud of the image, and how it brings the diverse aspects of life into place. A man and woman, a pregnant womb showing the love that exists in all of us. This piece took 3 years to produce, and I was able to dissolve myself from all the worries of life when I worked on the piece.

My intention is to bury into the image many aspects of life and mysteries, along with fascination and hours of viewing while you look at it. I have combined joy with other emotions and feelings, and you will discover your own feelings when you look at it. This is a wonderful abstract piece that you will find stirs your own spirit just as mine was stirred when I created it.

I devoted much care to the detailing because this let me place my pride into the piece, and my son Tawanda spent many hours sharing his own feelings with me, as well as delicataly polishing and helping me to finish the work, sharing with me his own pride and fine-ness.

About The Artist

fanie mutemasango

Fanuel Mutemasango is a South African of Shona descent. He was born 1957 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Fanuel specialises in abstract stone sculptures, working in Verdite and Africa Stone.

Verdite is a beautiful semi-precious stone with veiny appearance and immense hardness, and is frequently used for formal work such as heads and busts, and selected abstracts.

To meet the demands of flowing sculptures and to give greater depth of expression in his abstract art, Fanie uses Africa Stone, which has the best characteristics to meet his spirit of expression.

“If the grain and structure of the stones are carefully observed and worked on, arches and flowing lines can be carved without structurally weakening the work. When polished, a smooth lustrous finish is obtained, or the surface can be carved to achieve various desired effects”.

Mother Nature is a powerful source of inspiration for Fanuel, and he uses the mountains, clouds and surrounding landscape, seeking guidance and inspiration in the forms and flows of nature.

When inspiration strikes, Fanuel is transformed into a man possessed by an extreme urgency to transform his visions and passions into reality. Using a chipping hammer, he rough-shapes the stone block after having carefully studied its structure. The work is then further shaped with smaller chipping hammers and chisels.

Fanuel is renowned for his pieces depicting people, in particular the family and children. His sculptures on this theme often feature people with hands joined, flowing twists and arches, symbolising the graceful harmony and unity of people and families that exist in the world.

Other sculptures explore the world of animal unity, creating art that has many dimensions to view and explore, taking the observer into Fanie’s world of creative thinking and talent, while leaving the individual to find their own interpretations.

His work often challenges the observer, exploring the depth of emotions and spirit of people and animals. His personal Totem is the elephant, and this often appears in subtle forms in his work.

In this exhibition each piece has been illustrated showing the different aspects of each piece with Fanie’s words describing his passions and views. His love of people and the family, his joy and understanding of the richness of the family spirit, stands out clearly as a reminder to us all of the values Fanie believes in.

Although based in the African tradition of family life and harmony with nature, these values are as just as meaningful to all people of the world, regardless of colour, creed or religion, and are a continual reminder of values that are eternal.

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Details

Height: 122.00 cm
Width: 26.00 cm
Length: 60.00 cm
Weight: 252.00 kg

Tags

  • stone
  • abstract
  • africastone
  • figure