Artist Mambakwedza (Mamba) Mutasa’s artwork “Hand of God” is set to achieve a record bid at the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo at CTICC from 29 August to 1 September. The collector’s piece by Mutasa is one of the designs entered into the Design, Art and Textile Design ComPETition in association with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG).
From the Soul Gallery in Hout Bay, Mutasa is well-known for his art works made of steel, wood and anything else he can lay his hands on. With several awards and international exhibitions under his belt, his artworks can be found as far afield as The Silo Gallery in Switzerland.
Mutasa feels that the artistic urge reveals something very central about the nature of human beings. “Art can touch the souls of people who enjoy it, but it also reveals something about the soul of the artist. Human society has never existed without art,” he says.
Hand of God
The art work, made of steel, is titled ‘Hand of God’ and was inspired by Isaiah 41:10 – ‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ According to Mutasa, “Hand of God also symbolises the critical role we all play in protecting our animals.” A previous, slightly larger wooden version of The Hand sold for R450 000.
Mutasa Piece to help DARG
“We’re delighted to have someone of Mamba’s calibre contribute this extraordinary work of art to this year’s competition, of which DARG is the beneficiary. The piece, entered in the Design Category, is a multi-functional design that serves not only as an art and décor item, but as a cosy perch for your feline friends,” says DARG Fundraiser, Debra Buys.
“We’re over the moon with the quality of entries this year and hope to raise a large amount for DARG from the auction of this specific, and other artworks. We’d like to invite everyone to visit the Expo this year and support DARG. They do excellent work and really make a difference to society,” concludes Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo Organiser, Sandy Edwards.
Design, Art and Textile Design comPETition
All funds raised from the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo’s Design, Art and Textile Design comPETition will be used towards the building of an on-site Community Clinic at DARG to benefit the animals in the lower-income Hout Bay communities. DARG deals with several emergencies per week such as animals hit by cars, Parvo virus, stab wounds, burns and dog fight wounds. The clinic will allow quick, easy and immediate treatment of animals that are brought to DARG by pet-owners, especially on weekends and public holidays when vets are not available. The clinic will also facilitate an increase in the number of animals that can be sterilised on a weekly basis.