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MICHAEL MPUNGOSE AND OBED ZULU (article first published : 2002-06-10)

Michael Mpungose and Obed Zulu have been working for years using the traditional way of burning the wood black and then carving through the design. Soft indigenous woods are used and the burning is done by a heated iron wire in the fire.

Michael Mpungose first brought sculpture into the African Art Centre in 1986. He has worked continuously since and carves animals, reptiles and people. Often his animals have a knowing and intelligent expression and sometimes the pieces show great humour. Such as a seated man with a candle stuck on his head and double heads showing male/female and animal/human combinations. Some of the sculptures have carved messages like "The husband is married to his beer and neglects his two wives" or "God bless our home" "lets go my darling and make love".

Michael also carves walking sticks with a difference - with snakes eating birds, people carrying messages and strange creatures bearing objects. All of his creatures have definite personalities. His favourite woods are indigenous Isidakana and Isifidi wood, both of which he collects near to his home in Mvoti.

Obed Zulu creates sculptures on a smaller scale using indigenous Mganu wood which is a pale fine grained wood suitable for his intricate miniature pieces which are usually only 15 to 30 cm high. He usually depicts people with an animal such as a dog or lamb. One of his highly successful scenes is of a dog hunting a buck.

The exhibition is the first solo show for each artist. It opens at the African Art Centre at 17h30 on June 12 and runs until June 30.




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