Karen Whitney Maturure

– Poetry –

“They say the future is female. I say the present is proudly ours as women. If only we demand, fight and finally own it.
The world is changing, life at home and at work are forever dynamic with blurred lines between the private and public sphere
and where what constitutes as “paid work” is now loosely defined.
The ground is fertile for a(n economic) revolution shouts “woman”.

What inspires you?

Karen Maturure
Location: Harare
Artwork statement: “My artwork focuses on the inequality that comes with growth. It reveals the gendered dimensions of the unsustainable economic models that have ravaged the environment. It is the plight of the ordinary woman, often beyond the reach of many, who can lend a hand. It probes debate and further investigation on what the present root problems are in the socio-economic arena and gives incentive for considering inclusive growth as we find solutions for a sustainable future of work.”

Q&A: 

  • What was your experience with art as a child and growing up?

I was part of a small community at my primary school, where I discovered that I was talented in visual and written art. In high school, my art and literature teachers helped me sharpen my expressive skills with both the pen and the pencil.

  • How did it evolve over time?

My work has matured over time. My major influence or drive is the hope that I can somehow shape someone else’s life in a positive way. I am also inspired by the hope that the position of women worldwide can change for the better, for I am woman, too.

  • Who or what influences your art? How would you like your art to influence others?

I would love my drawings, poems, and stories to contribute to positive change in people’s lives through the stories they tell.

  • How do you define the following: Art? Sustainability? Zimbabwe?

Art: Self- expression in its most beautiful form

Sustainability: Selflessness and a futuristic focus

Zimbabwe: Home and beautiful, resilient people

  • What is the best way for a viewer/reader to experience your art?

My storytelling

  • What do you think sets you apart from other artists in Zimbabwe?

I am so passionate about what I do.

So I am a Woman

So I am a Woman,
The children run to me when they are thirsty,
Their father stares at me when he is hungry,
Yet, it is my back that the sun hits with its wrath,
My feet anguished by the scourging heat of the burning dry soil.
As I take a myriad miles to the well,
It is me who gets a headache from working in the sun as the trees slowly disappear,
No hat – no doek- no coins to spare for such luxury!
It is only me who tills the dry hard soil,
It is I who cry as the soil becomes stingier with each passing year,
Why do I have to endure the anger of the land, the air and the sky alone?