For me, an egg represents potential. It denotes life that is in one state but with the capability to transform into another higher state. The shell of an egg is protection but when time is ripe for it to change, the conserving wall becomes a prison to its inhibitor. As such, the life inside has to break free, a process which is brutal but most rewarding. I envision myself as that life that is breaking free from its comfort zone which is ironically also the prison.My journey to become an Artist is excruciating sometimes, yet nothing else can satisfy me more. It is ironic that it is at birth that death is closest – that phase of being most vulnerable and unsure of the next phase. This uncertainness is depicted in the abstracted concept of being birthed by the book. This being requires nurturing and persistent care to be fruitful. The nest is a symbol for the comforting environment which is necessary for hatching to be possible. Not only does it serve as an escape to the confining egg, it becomes contaminated by the birth process.
Tashinga Luckmore Majiri was born in 1993, born in the busy high densities of Mufakose in Harare, Zimbabwe. Stemming from his passion for poetry, he chose to attend the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design. Majiri’s initial interest was in drawing and painting. He participated in Green Shoots exhibition and Materenda exhibition hosted at the National gallery of Zimbabwe. Raised in a country with a colonial past, the zeal to better understand his history and culture, he started an internship at Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions. Here he took on printmaking, combining screen and mono print to create large prints full of life and colour whilst continuing to discover and express the ingenuity buried in African culture.