Artist: MWANDALE MWANYEKWA Piece Name: Self Portrait - Life Size Date Made: 2006 Material: Female Mpingo (Ebony) Wood Place: Bagamoyo (Tanzania) Size: (132 x 27) cm Price: Private Collection
Idea & Description: In realistic art, an artist is supposed to make art just as he or she sees it not as one knows it. Because as an artist myself, I cannot make myself as I know but can only make myself as I see either in portrait or picture. And that was why I had someone else to make my face in clay before carving. Eventually after the clay portrayal, I would make a cement casting before I actually carve in wood.
Then, I would make a miniature trial but the life size as a practise is just to see if I can actually create a direct exactness.