Sculpture/Installation

From With Nothing Left To Break, August 2010

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Roosters Don’t Lay Eggs
Sculpture/assemblage piece

Possession is a vital part of the ceremony and ritual of Voodou. It is an experience that is all at once mysterious, frightening, divine, and transcendent. In this piece, we have characterized this experience as a spiritual journey that is ultimately a breakthrough to the uncharted spirit world. The breaking of the holes through this door is representative of that experience; the breaking was partially controlled, but would always ultimately leave us with unforeseeable results. The holes serve as glimpses of what can be revealed to the individual once he or she breaks down the barrier – that is, his or her perceived control over the essence of his or her being. We have here a collection of artwork that includes modified traditional drawings (veves) and other symbols for spirits (lwas) of water, passageways, and death. What lies under the sea is a whole world unfamiliar and unknown to us;plunging into this world would mean transcending the natural make-up of our bodies that bars us from such travel. And since this is impossible in a literally genetic sense, possession then serves as a vehicle for this type of journey in the figurative sense. To be possessed is to connect to the spirit world, and that is why we emphasize the importance of passageways through the use of the door (a traditional mark of a passage) and the holes broken into it (an uncertain, arduous, and non-traditional means of getting through a passage). We include the spirit of death because death is the ultimate unknown and uncertain journey, itself serving as a passageway to an unseen world and yet-to-be undertaken state of being of the spirit, a passageway all of us will one day inevitably have to break through.

 Christie Christie – Oogey Boogey
interactive installation with sound

Ever fear the boogieman?$1.3 billion already cut with more on the way. 1,370,535 students enrolled in our public schools. Court rules Christie’s Executive Order 7 unconstitutional.This is a cautionary tale; a glimpse at the worst to possibly come if we don’t pay close attention to the warning signs. We ourselves are concerned students, who understand that education is the key to growth, fullness, progress, and change, and no one is more deserving of beholding that key than our youth, our future. We value highly our education (past, continuing, and future) and the ability to pass on knowledge to those without, not exploitatively but in the spirit of giving something vital and cherished. This is a child’s nightmare in a political realm, and with the simplicity and humour of child, this piece bears all at once and hides none of its meaning. Blunt, grotesque, startling, obvious, amplified, necessary. A tale to keep our children from sleep at night, fearing the boogieman that lurks in the closet ready to creep out and steal something precious of theirs.We urge you to take from the boogieman before he takes from you.Oogey-Boogey Christie Christie after being cut into by angry taxpayers.

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  1. I would like to let you know that Zimbabweans have great and abundant sculpture talents and treasures in all materials; stone; wood, metal, wire, almost all and you can find them everywhere. I have been there and I loved it and loved the people and the environment.
    It is a paradise for artists and those with foreign currency.

    There is an annual cultural major arts event. It is “Harare International Festival of Arts” (HIFA). HIFA is a six day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA is a 6 day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word, visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

    HIFA 2011 will be the 12th Festival. Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe and is seen as a major contributor to development in this area. HIFA is now the largest cultural event in Zimbabwe and among the eight major festivals in Africa. HIFA has gained local and international media praise on many fronts, for example, Robert Grieg writing in the South Africa Sunday Independent -“The Harare International Festival of the Arts is probably the best organised festival in the sub-continent and one of the most manageably diverse. More importantly in the current socio-economic situation HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe.
    Read about it at http://www.hifa.co.zw/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harare_International_Festival_of_the_Arts The previous one was in late April, 2011

    I advise everybody to attend HIFA and not to forget to visit the landmarks of Zimbabwe and see the nearby Swaziland Kingdom.
    Sending me an invitation is mooost welcome 😉

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