My work investigates human connections and my relationship with my present world, via the ancient Zimbabwean world of my ancestors; Ancestors who exist now only in traditions, stories, artifacts, and through me and my experience in new worlds. I am guided by the ancient African philosophy of Hunhu/Ubuntu which is the essence of that which makes us human: our compassion and connection to each other, for “I am who I am because we all are”.
My work exists continuously in two parts and speaks to the duality of existing between two places. Where I am from (Zimbabwe) and where I am currently (America); the corporeal/the virtual; the world of object making/the world of research; my experience/the experience of others. I am interested in storytelling through the presence of absence, by capturing an echo of the past, of what is no longer a ritual in the physical and survives in memory but also as a chance to re-imagine and evolve. My work is supported by oral history, archived histories that were told for us and untold histories that will pave a future for us. Specifically, I am telling the stories of black women’s collective joy, collective pride, and self. Not denying our struggles but celebrating our greatness as these complex, larger than life beings, and knowing always that I am because of those who were before me.