Prudence Chimutuwah

– Mixed –

“Art usually borrow from the environment and with the environment what you put in is what you get.
I always work hard to make my environment pleasant because I am also the environment”

Prudence Chimutuwah
Location: Harare
Artwork statement: “This is an artwork that seeks to inspire and encourage society to work together to improve their work ethic. It depicts an innovative generation sharing ideas, cultures, and productive methods to birth a green work environment. The drive is to saturate the old systems, which are high-energy orientated, and take a less human resource-industrious approach. The vision is to have friendly work spaces, flexible working times and systems, and sensitive human resource culture.”

Q&A: 

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

I grew up in Chitungwiza, where I was surrounded by sculptors who worked at the Chitungwiza Arts Center. The batik technique and primitive-style paintings would catch my eye at the art markets. 

  • How did it evolve over time?

In high school, I discovered the works of Seminar Mpofu and Colleen Madamombe, two prominent female sculptors from Zimbabwe. I started to participate in major group shows at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and local galleries.

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

I am fascinated with collage and inspired by my gender. My work is influenced by contemporary African fashion and symbols, and fuses text from old novels, magazines, newspapers, and bank notes. Through my work, I aim to narrate, describe, and inform about the evolving world of women in patriarchal societies.

Artwork title: Going green