Art in Malawi

Interview to Gift Mbamba – Wood Sculptor in Malawi

Interview to Gift Mbamba

Gift Mbamba – Wood Sculptor

Age 35
Current City Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 991 156 941

Notable Artworks

Name of Art: Elephant head

Geometric lines crafted into an Elephant head made from an artistic use of recycled wood.

Name of Art: Lion head

Geometric lines crafted into a Lion head made from an artistic use of recycled wood.

Interview

Interview Date: December, 2021

“A mask used on Gule Wamkulu dance represents the Chewa culture and as an artist it’s up to me to portray that.

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What is your thought process like when you’re creating art from?

When I create art, my aim is to change people’s mind when it comes to art. Many Malawians have a negative mind-set towards art so my aim is to make people be interested in my art.

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Which artists do you look up to and do you have a mentor?

Yes, my mentor is Elizabeth Baile.

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Where can people buy your sculptures?

They can buy my art from Cape Maclear by getting in touch me through my phone number.

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What is your favourite part about creating art?

My favourite part about creating art is that I use recycled wood to save the environment.

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How has your practice changed over time?

My art has improved in terms of talent as compared to my previous work. I have gotten better and hope to continue improving.

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In what way does living in Malawi impact your art?

The art in Malawi is relevant to our culture. For example, a mask used on Gule Wamkulu dance represents the Chewa culture and as an artist it’s up to me to portray that. As artists we can also use the visual depictions of animals that have gone extinct so that the younger generation can know what these animals looked like.

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Are you satisfied with the way your art has been received?

Yes, I am satisfied because many people like my art since it is unique. I enjoy having quality products, which I can sell outside the country. I want my business to be well known and to be advertised online. I wish I could have a permanent place where I sell my art so that clients can find me easily.

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Any artists you would like to collaborate with?

I would like to collaborate with my younger brother.