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Madalitso Ziwaoh crafts artwork with no drop of paint

NEW WORK—Wambali

Lumi Baby

Balaka-based visual artist Madalitso Ziwaoh, who has been exhibiting his works alongside other players in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind project, has created a portrait of a child but has not used any drop of paint.

This is part of the work that he is set to exhibit during Art in the Park exhibition to be held later this month at Four Seasons in Lilongwe.

Art in the Park, organised by Wildlife and Environment Society of Malawi (Wesm) and Four Seasons Nursery, runs from May 28 -30 under the theme ‘Blossom’.

Ziwaoh has also worked on an artwork for legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire.

“The portrait of a child; I did not use any drop of paint. It was very difficult to do but I am happy with the work that has come out. Things we throw sometimes as wastes are the ones we use and I have turned them into wealth,” he said.

The artist used cut off fabrics that tailors throw away.

He said this is one way of helping in keeping the environment safe from pollution.

“In most cases these fabrics are just thrown anyhow and at times when you burn them they end up polluting our fresh air and, so, this is one way of helping in keeping our environment safe,” Ziwaoh said.

According to him, the title of the portrait is Lumi baby.

“This is a shortcut of luminescence which means visible light, visible radiation and its medium is collage. We have been affected by Covid but it has also given me time as an artist to create new things and all these works will be exhibited at Art in the Park,” Ziwaoh said.

The artist has also created an artwork that seeks to honour Wambali for his immense work in music in the country. Wambali died of Covid in January this year.

“Wambali will continue to live in us. His music still speaks to us and, having interacted with him during the previous Art in the Park, I thought I should create his artwork,” he said.

The artwork, with Wambali playing the guitar, has some discs in the background with some broken.

“The discs that are not broken symbolise that his music still lives on while those broken show that he is dead,” he said.

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