Ncube turns to recycled art
BY AGATHA CHUMA
BULAWAYO-BASED multidisciplinary visual artist Danisile Ncube said he resorted to recycled waste in response to the effects of COVID-19 which disrupted his work.
The move towards environmental conservation seems to be spreading rapidly to other disciplines.
Talk to NewsDay Life & StyleNcube, who is also a photographer, digital art worker and painter, said using recycled materials in his works made him more creative.
“As a multidisciplinary artist, I have looked at the environmental issues and everyday challenges that humans face and found that with recycling materials, I can create something meaningful that is eco-friendly. environment in response to health and hygiene,” he said.
“I have my artistic laboratory where I experiment with the use of these materials in my artistic work. I was also inspired by scrap tires as I previously worked for Dunlop Tires Zimbabwe a long time ago.
“It was interesting to know how our tires pollute the environment in all ways, from their manufacture to their disposal. So I thought of recycling them and making outdoor sculptures out of them.
Ncube said he uses photography to capture moments that he presents through art.
“Lately, I have been very fond of photography. Photography is one of the mediums I now use in my work and it has pushed me to push boundaries to find a deeper meaning and understanding of light, color, depth and movement,” did he declare.
“Freedom of expression has always been my driving force as it has helped me bring what I capture in the world to people, especially those who have no voice and have become the voice of the voiceless. “
He added: “Some of the things I’ve captured and presented through art include a landfill in a township where I observed an environmental concern that I thematized on Men at work and a walk in filth which shows people walking over poorly managed waste.
Ncube said that although he was in the creative industry for about three decades, he continued to learn new skills.
He urged parents to support their children’s talents if they sought to pursue a career in the arts, saying it was time to reject the mentality that the arts are a reserve for
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