Meshack Raphalalani

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Meshack Raphalalani

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF HIS WORK

Raphalalani uses mostly dry, hard wood as a medium.

  • Tambotia (Muonze)
  • Lead Wood (Mudzwiri)
  • Zebra Wood (Muuluri)
  • Red Ivory (Munii)
  • Boekenhout (Mutango)
  • Iron Wood (Musimbiri)
  • All fruit-bearing trees

He looks for wood with interesting shapes and unusual textures and grains. He then carves the wood to create the forms that he envisages. He concentrates on contrasting textures and, on completion of his work polishes it (occasionally deliberately leaving certain areas rough to focus attention on a specific part of the sculpture).

Meshack also likes to stress movement and rhythm in his work; emphasising this dynamic aspect by deliberately choosing pieces of wood that display fascinating, natural twists and bends.

SUBJECT MATTER

Meshack Raphalalani’s work reflects and records a whole range of subject matter, from his immediate material and his physical and mental environment. These include historical events transmitted through the oral tradition of storytelling.

CARVING TOOLS

  • Straight chisel
  • Corner chisel
  • Bent chisel
  • Straight gouge
  • Fluter
  • Bente gouge
  • Salmon bend
  • V-tool
  • Fish tail
  • Long taper