ZIMBABWEAN STONE SCULPTOR
Artist Agrippa Tirigu was born in Guruve in 1987, and lives and works in Tengenenge, North Zimbabwe.
He is a a sculptor and stone carver, influenced by the modern sculpture, as well as Shona traditions. He works primarily in black serpentine.
Agrippa works in Tengenenge Art Community, which was founded by Tom Blomefield.
He states, "I like stone because of its inherent natural beauty. Every stone has a sculpture already hidden inside it and it is my duty to discover it and set it free.
Sculpture is a big challenge for me, and it is my calling to be a sculptor. I do it to express how I experience life. Its my life job. I like carving big sculptures, which I imagine being put in public places, where people gather. I love piercing the stone, putting holes through it. This gives me great satisfaction. Once I have carved a hole through the sculpture it is done. I like to represent the movement of water in one sculpture.
I have been developing my own unique style, I like to leave the original heart of the stone. I like to show how the life of plants grow. Representing all the stages of one sculpture in one stone. I have my own trademarks which are my distinctive style. I like to represent the movement of water in one sculpture. I’m one of those people who like an adventurous life . My experience comes from these kind of environment of my experience , each and everything I meet in my life so at times I find a connection between what I am experiencing and what I can see in the stone.
At times while I am carving I feel one with the sculpture."