Cu Baliwa Cutswa

Art Artwork. Published by anonymous on Thursday 24 March 2016.

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Year: 2015

In 2014 I was the recipient of the New York Explorer's Club Artist-in-Exploration Award (underwritten by Rolex USA), a $ 25,000 grant given to an artist to realize a project in the field.

The work I embarked upon with the assistance of the award was to document the ongoing restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Central Mozambique.

Gorongosa National Park was once one of the richest wildlife refuges in the world, it was decimated and virtually lay in ruins by the end of the civil war that raged following independence from Portugal during the late 1970’s until 1992. In 2004 the Carr Foundation as part of their humanitarian aid projects set about establishing a foundation to ensure and aid the recovery and restoration of the park and surrounding war torn communities. They have been working with scientists such as E.O Wilson who in 2014 established a Research Laboratory there as well as the Mozambican government and other private foundations to realize this endeavor.

My project was to produce a suite of works based on the ideas of the Parks mission to restore, protect, study and sustain this fragile biodiversity. I spent two weeks in the park in May/June 2015 photographing and sketching both specimens in the lab, and animals/landscapes out in the field. The works that resulted were three distinct bodies, “Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork”, “Ndzindquira- Specimens”, and “Cu bwerera- The Return”. Two Museum limited edition portfolios were also produced as part of this work.

In my recent drawing practice I have been employing a technique of puncturing a drawing from behind leaving a small raised hole, suggestive of a scar, an insect trail or braille like mark.These punctured motifs also allude to the idea of something inhabiting or invading the paper surface. For the Gorongosa Project I was looking at the distinct geographic zones of the park, the surrounding crops grown in the bufferzones and the trade routes of wild life trafficking as further elements to incorporate using this technique into the more rendered drawings. Within these works I have also incorporated other visual elements and materials such as linen book binding thread, stitching, earth pigments and entomoglogy pins.

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