in 1964, Colleen Madamombe holds a somewhat inspirational role
within the stone sculpture movement as she is only of only a handful
of women sculptors in Zimbabwe and often considered the best.
work add new dimension to the complexity of Zimbabwean stone sculpture
through her commitment to a theme. Madamombe uses her technical
and artistic skills to highlight the special qualities of Shona
woman, as well as to communicate the inequities that affect their
lives and status.
Madamombe's subject matter is deeply rooted in the traditional
role of Shona women. Her powerful images, their energy and movement,
the contrast of the rough and polished parts of the stone, make
Madamombe's stone sculpture some of Zimbabwe's most dynamic. She
represents the voice of a new generation of Zimbabwean women.
declares, ' I am inspired by the activity of women and I work
hard to show this in my sculpture. In recent pieces I have used
natural areas of the stone with rough workings to emphasise this
movement - the texture follows the rythms of the body. This contrasts
with the more finished areas of the face and hands.'
"Life in Stone, Zimbabwean Sculpture", Olivier Sultan,
about the History of Shona Sculpture here]