The theme for the series of paintings was inspired by the African superstitions that are deeply embedded within the folklores. The urban myths that have been passed on from one generation to another through oral storytelling have been created to preserve the African tradition which acts as the guiding force for Africans.
“All the riveting stories I heard about mermaids and the underworld while growing up evoked a sense of curiosity which later resulted in this body of work. The mermaid in my paintings is known as Njuzu, a mythical creature familiar in the Karanga Shamanism, a southern region of Zimbabwe. This creature is usually portrayed with a female head, the upper torso of a human and the bottom half is fish shaped. Njuzu also has pale skin and is strikingly beautiful. As an African, superstition has always been part of my everyday life,” says Muchatuta...Click to continue reading
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