Clive Mukucha is a mid-career Zimbabwean artist whose body of art works is illustrative of his resourceful ingenuity. He is an artist who makes use of every object he collects to create art. He is able to turn mundane objects of our consumerist society into compelling works of art – alive to the riches of form, shape and texture in art, in discarded consumer packaging containers and blessed with a hunters-gatherers’ instinct to stumble upon objects.
An object’s physicality contributes greatly to its social meaning and its context. This is an axiom with which Mukucha creates his work. Automotive lubricant containers, discarded typewriters and computer parts are converted into neo-tribal masks or mechanical personages. Mukucha believes that the visual tactile and sensual dimensions of objects are critical to gaining an understanding of them, and thus prefers to assemble them in their form.
“Mukucha was trained at the BAT Workshop School in Mbare. Some of his acrylic on paper works with their characteristic sculptural broad tactile strokes and mixed-media found object sculpture can be found at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and various other art centres in Harare,” writes academic and fellow artist Dr Tony Monda.
He will be exhibiting and participating in workshops alongside fellow Zimbabwean artists from the Zimbabwe Assemblage Collective (ZAC) for the Full Circle Art Africa programme in Hong Kong.