Tazvitya tells the story through stone carving

BY TENDAI SAUTA

VISUAL artist Tracy Chatsama Tazvitya says her artifacts were meant to tell stories and fall under the theme Once upon a time, Paivepo, a traditional way to begin an oral folklore in Shona.

Tazvitya, who operates at the Chitungwiza Arts Center, said NewsDay Life & Style that his carvings were a blend of fine art and creative storytelling of the Shona people and their tradition.

“I have several titles for my creative works aimed at bringing families together by preaching unrelenting love using stone art as Mother Love, passionate love, Unconditional love, If I had a child and United family,” she said.

Tazvitya urged the corporate world, tourism industry, marketing and advertising experts to fully embrace and utilize artistic talents.

“I wish we could have sponsorship for technical equipment, marketing and sales while our involvement in exhibitions, cultural exchange programs and exhibition is also enhanced,” she said.

She added, “Our transportation costs for raw materials are still too high and I rarely spend close to a week cutting and cutting stones at my sites to reduce weight and size.”

“Exercise can be good for testing durability and malleability, but can compromise creativity and desirable outcomes.”

Tazvitya says she started sculpting when she was little and is now proud to be a family woman.

“The art of stone has transformed my life and I see life in stone. I encourage women to take up this challenge,” she said.

Tazvitya believes her marriage to veteran sculptor Morgan Tazvitya was full of artistic lifestyles.

She recently wrote her piece of history based on one of her sculptures from and on the theme Once upon a time Paivepo title family union became one of the top forty pieces selected at Chitungwiza Arts Center by Pathfinder Ubuntu Non-Profit Company for auction in America.

According to Shona Bradford, co-founder of Pathfinder Ubuntu, the Tazvitya artifact, which is part of the 100 pieces, is an exceptional range that will showcase the creativity of Zimbabwean Shona sculpture when it is sold in the United States of America.

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