“Balance for Better: Redesigning the Woman’s Space” opened at the Zimbabwe National Gallery last night. I was thrilled to be able to attend;
“Thank you National Gallery of Zimbabwe and team for a tight and well-curated art #exhibition , thought-provoking dance and theatre, stimulating company- stirring speeches short and to the point- a special, affirmative and refreshing evening…”
Title: “Creative Re-imagining”
Artist: Lin Barrie
Medium: Mixed media; acrylic and beadwork on canvas
Dimensions: 61 x 61 cm
My artwork reflects the importance of cultural inheritance, skills and crafts which are traditionally “woman’s work“, such as hut painting and beading- it does not elevate these roles over modern progressive roles for women, but honours the cultural inheritance which in turn enables and empowers women to unleash creative energy, to think “outside their traditional space” and to splinter their traditional roles as housekeepers/carers into redesigning a new space. Bright endeavours cleverly build on traditional roles, using lessons learnt from experience to help women to compete and rise in the new world…
My painting “Creative Re-imagining” on canvas takes inspiration from Xangana hut painting designs from Chief Chitsa’s area in the lowveld of Zimbabwe, (originally created on clay walls from natural bark and earth pigments), and embellishes the surface with glass seed beads, traditionally used in creating skirts and body adornment. These decorative symbols of ‘womens crafts’ splinter and explode to create a new space.
The National Gallery is empowering established and new artists alike to find and renew their voices…
There was much inspiration to be had, viewing such varied artworks, here are just a few examples…..