CUT stu­dent holds solo ex­hi­bi­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Entertaiment/crossword & Cartoons - Boni­face Chimedza Arts Cor­re­spon­dent

CHINHOYI Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy fi­nal year stu­dent Ash­ley Map­fuise is hold­ing a solo art ex­hi­bi­tion at Moto Repub­lic in Bel­gravia, Harare.

Map­fuise, who is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Hon­ours in Vis­ual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Mul­ti­me­dia De­sign de­gree pro­gramme, said the art ex­hi­bi­tion, which is part of her course­work, is done to show­case the work she pro­duced over her fouryear study.

“We hope to use th­ese art ex­hi­bi­tions to mar­ket our­selves to the in­dus­try so that peo­ple know the type of work that we are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing. I have per­son­ally in­vited cap­tains of in­dus­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion so that they can ap­pre­ci­ate art through that plat­form,” said Map­fuise. The ex­hi­bi­tions are or­gan­ised per­son­ally by stu­dents and are in­cluded on their fi­nal assess­ment, with each stu­dent do­ing the ground­work from the ex­hi­bi­tion prepa­ra­tion to its com­ple­tion. Boast­ing of an as­sort­ment of art­works that in­clude 11 pho­to­graphs, five paint­ings, four draw­ings and sev­eral graphic de­signs, the young artist and graphic de­signer said she de­lib­er­ately chose the ab­stract dis­ci­pline as sig­na­ture of her art­works, be­cause of the com­plex­i­ties char­ac­ter­is­ing it.

“All of the art­works fol­low an ab­stract and mod­ern con­tem­po­rary dis­ci­pline. I like cre­at­ing ab­stract pieces. They are not easy. I en­joy chal­lenges, so I then try and use mod­ern con­tem­po­rary de­signs to make them a lit­tle more de­ci­pher­able,” Map­fuise af­firmed.

Map­fuise said the theme of the art ex­hi­bi­tion, called ‘Time Cap­sule’ en­cap­su­lates the as­pect of the four-year process dur­ing which she has been cre­at­ing her art­works, which she is now col­lec­tively un­veil­ing at the launch of her art ex­hi­bi­tion.

“A time cap­sule is a stor­age fa­cil­ity where things are kept and viewed at a later date. The theme is re­flec­tive of the creative process that I went through as a stu­dent over the past four years. I have been cre­at­ing and keep­ing the work over a pe­riod of time; now I am open­ing the ‘time cap­sule’ to re­veal what I have been putting to­gether,” said Map­fuise.

“I wish to in­spire peo­ple that will see my work to ap­pre­ci­ate art more. I hope stu­dents that will come and at­tend the ex­hi­bi­tion will use it as a source of in­spi­ra­tion to take on art and pur­sue it,” she added.

Ash­ley Map­fuise

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