All art takes some effort to create. Besides, merely trying to translate the creative swirls of their imaginations onto tangible paper, they must do so in a comprehendible manner. Some is easier than others, notwithstanding the effort of thinking up the art first in their mind.
Most artists would perhaps agree that sculpture art is just another level of effort altogether. To carve into a piece of rock an image, or even the semblance of an imagination takes great skill and precision and the fact that this is an art form that has been alive for millennia and counting often gets lost on us. This is not lost in the ‘Sculptures in Public Spaces’ exhibition that Alpheus Mvula and his fellow sculptors brought to the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).
Martha Haufiku’s piece, titled ‘Stop! Gender based violence’ is the sculpture of the torso of a naked woman. Carved from marble, the piece is gritty and feels grimy, giving a realistic feel of just how serious the situation is.
Another is Elia Shiwohamba’s ‘Seal’, which is the sculpture of one of Namibia’s most endangered animals. But not all of the figures are dark and morbid, as Daniel Paulus’ Raster Man shows a relaxed Rastafarian man, deep in the council of his own plant concoction.
As the paintings are three dimensional, they offer a richer experience to the viewer or collector, different to what other hand drawn art pieces have to give.
Although the exhibition has ended, art pieces like these can be found all over the country by artists trying to make a living, while showing the beauty of the country and skill of their hands.