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  • Cu Bwerera- The Return, (Triptych) Tica-Hyena, 2015

    Panel 1 of 3, Charcoal, pastel, graphite, linen and silk book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 44 x 60 inches.

  • Cu Bwerera- The Return, (Triptych), 2015

    Panel 2 of 3, Charcoal, linen and silk book binding thread, punctured drawing, antique Indian Ledger paper and entomology pins on paper, 44 x 60 inches.

  • Cu Bwerera- The Return, (Triptych), Mvu-Hippopotamus, 2015

    Panel 3 of 3, Charcoal, linen and silk book binding thread, punctured drawing, and entomology pins on paper, 44 x 60 inches.

  • Cu Bwerera- The Return, (Triptych), Mvu-Hippopotamus, detail,2015

    Charcoal, linen and silk book binding thread, punctured drawing, and entomology pins on paper, 44 x 60 inches.

  • Mhenembe-Monitor Lizard, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, metallic pigment, graphite, linen and silk book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 44 x 60 inches.

  • Chingue-Blue Duiker, 2015

    From the series "Cu bwerera -The Return" Charcoal, pastel, graphite, punctured drawing, linen book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 30 x 43 inches

  • Nkaka-Pangolin, 2015

    From the series "Cu bwerera -The Return" Charcoal, pastel, graphite, punctured drawing, linen book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 30 x 43 inches

  • Fungo-Civet, 2015

    From the series "Cu bwerera -The Return" Charcoal, pastel, graphite, punctured drawing, linen book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 30 x 43 inches

  • Mharapala- Sable Antelope, 2015.

    Charcoal, pigment, graphite, linen and silk book binding thread, punctured drawing, and entomology pins on paper, 60 x 40 inches.

  • Mharapala- Sable Antelope, detail, 2015.

    Charcoal, pigment, graphite, linen and silk book binding thread, punctured drawing, and entomology pins on paper, 60 x 40 inches.

  • Escaravelho-Scarab Beetle, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, punctured drawing and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Nhacalemwalemwa - Bat, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Cranio - Skull, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Gumbgua- Elephant Shrew, 2015

    Charcoal, pigment and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Khuthwa - Red Duiker, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Dzumbira - African Goshawk, 2015

    Pastel, charcoal, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Dhinga-ntuzi - Whirligig Beetle, 2015

    Pastel, charcoal, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Tica - Hyena Jawbone, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, punctured drawing and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Dhemanhundu - Bat, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Phanha- Gorongosa Gerbil, 2015

    Charcoal, pigment and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Kurukuru - Green Turaco, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Jhongororo- African Millepied, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel, and entomology pins on paper, 10 x 10 inches. From the Suite of works titled "Ndzindiquira - Specimens".

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Mbidzi - Zebra, 2015

    Pungue River soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Mbuinde - Nyala, 2015

    Dhongo soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Fungo-Civet, 2015

    Pungue River soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Tica-Hyena, 2015

    Dhongo soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Nyasa-Grey Duiker, 2015.

    Pungue River soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Nyumbo-Wildebeest, 2015.

    Dhongo soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Mbauala-Bushbuck, 2015

    Pungue River soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Ndzou-Elephant, 2015.

    Dhongo soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

  • Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork: Mharapala-Sable Antelope, 2015.

    Pungue River soil pigment, acrylic binder, gouache, ink and entomology pins on stonehenge paper, 9 x 11 inches.

In 2014 I was the recipient of the New York Explorer's Club Artist-in-Exploration Award (underwritten by Rolex USA), a $ 25,000 grant given to an artist to realize a project in the field. The work I embarked upon with the assistance of the award was to document the ongoing restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Central Mozambique.

Gorongosa National Park was once one of the richest wildlife refuges in the world, it was decimated and virtually lay in ruins by the end of the civil war that raged following independence from Portugal during the late 1970’s until 1992. In 2004 the Carr Foundation as part of their humanitarian aid projects set about establishing a foundation to ensure and aid the recovery and restoration of the park and surrounding war torn communities. They have been working with scientists such as E.O Wilson who in 2014 established a Research Laboratory there as well as the Mozambican government and other private foundations to realize this endeavor. For more information about Gorongosa click here.

My project was to produce a suite of works based on the ideas of the Parks mission to restore, protect, study and sustain this fragile biodiversity. I spent two weeks in the park in May/June 2015 photographing and sketching both specimens in the lab, and animals/landscapes out in the field. The works that resulted were three distinct bodies, "Bhassa la ntsanga-Fieldwork", "Ndzindquira- Specimens", and "Cu bwerera- The Return". Two Museum limited edition portfolios were also produced as part of this work.

In my recent drawing practice I have been employing a technique of puncturing a drawing from behind leaving a small raised hole, suggestive of a scar, an insect trail or braille like mark.These punctured motifs also allude to the idea of something inhabiting or invading the paper surface. For the Gorongosa  Project I was looking at the distinct geographic zones of the park, the surrounding crops grown in the bufferzones and the trade routes of wild life trafficking as further elements to incorporate using this technique into the more rendered drawings. Within these works I have also incorporated other visual elements and materials such as linen book binding thread, stitching, earth pigments and entomoglogy pins. 

This work was produced with the assistance of The Explorer's Club 2014 Artist-in-Exploration Award (Rolex USA) and was exhibited in the historic Trophy Room at the Explorer's Club in December 2015. For exhibition images click here.