I often start sculpting without knowing what I am going to make. As I sculpt, the ideas begin to reveal themselves. As I listen to my ideas, and I converse with the stone, the work comes through me. A sculpture must leave room for the viewer to think about the message it carries.
For Collen Nyanhongo, sculpting is a conversation that requires deep listening. He listens with his hands as he touches the stones shape and surface. He listens with a thinking heart to the words, emotions, rhythms, spirits, and mysteries that dance within the stone.
He co-creates with the stone and together they form a visual story – a timeless piece of grace that blends traditional and abstract art.
As a person, I have always found Collen to be meticulous, to a fault, in keeping his commitments. His frankness and openness, sense of humor and ever ready smile, ability to laugh at himself and willingness to assist physically when need, make him a person who is consistently re-invited to artistic events all of the world…His sculptures alone and uplifting and often inspiring. His teaching skills are execptional= encouraging and inspiring new talent. As a person is he responsible, motivated and committed.
Collen Nyanhongo uses hand tools to sculpt his stone. He listens to the stone to work with it as it is shaped into form and feelings. Watch this video to see him work.