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Artist introduces unique artform

Itai Mushekwe

SHADRECK Chitima, a poet-cum-painter, has taken his latest preoccupation by storm and with age on his side he is set to make a mark.

ca, sans-serif”>The 22-year-old Midlands State University student currently on attachment at the National Gallery has introduced a unique concept to the art movement through the use of objects to enhance the genre’s outcome.

Chitima’s latest and debut gallery paintings — Olympics, Petit Bourgeoisie, and Jeepers Creepers — are an example of his creativity and inventiveness.

Chitima says he’s fascinated by the idea of using objects regarded as useless to add meaning and life to his works: “As a matter of fact if I find a dead corpse, I’ll play around with it until I produce a work of art.”

According to Chitima, Olympics is a “Dadaist approach” as popularised by French artist Marcel Duchamp. In the painting he uses roasted frogs to depict athletes competing at the Olympics where the painting’s title was derived. On the right hand side of the piece is the acronym “Sifa” standing for Sex International Federation Association in which he lobbies for sex to be recognised as a sport just like soccer.

In the painting Petit Bourgeoisie he manages to manipulate a skull and pieces of cloth to reveal the agony of an elite businessman brought about by economic stress. The message contained herein is that, if a man living an opulent lifestyle undergoes stress and hardships the plight of an ordinary citizen considered a nonentity in society is even worse.

Adding icing to the cake is Jeepers Creepers, the only painting where Chitima didn’t use objects. It talks about men’s fear of the unknown, a condition brought about by one allowing fear to control their well being. “The fear in their hearts makes them hopeless, helpless and stranded,” said Chitima.

“It’s a very suggestive painting and poses a challenge to humanity of coming face to face with their fears so as to overcome manipulation and hypnotism by forces of darkness.”

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