Venerated visual artist Gillian Rosselli’s works are currently on exhibition at Gallery Delta in a solo showcase which started at the beginning of this month and will run till March 31.
BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA
On display are some 80 pieces of mixed media paintings and graphics is sectioned into 26 categories with different themes which all amount to the greater theme of “Belonging” expresses her touching feeling about the plight of orphans.
The award-winning artist’s current solo exhibit is a vivid account of how orphans sail through each day with no knowledge of their roots and relative destiny emanating from lack of resources.
Most of the work is a direct narration of the quandary orphaned children in foster homes and rural areas face hence it triggers a sense of sympathy and a subsequent urge to brighten their seemingly bleak future.
In a speech at the official launch recently, the gallery Director Derek Huggins lauded Rosselli for turning her empathy for orphans and underprivileged children into magnificent artwork that effectively communicates their plight.
“We compliment Gillian for her compassion and effort in presenting this exhibition and hope that it will carry its visual and emotional impact further afield and touch hearts.
“Her work ‘Different but Same Same’ is potent, as are others depicting poverty,” said Huggins.
Vimbai Mangoma a curator at the gallery said the work’s uniqueness lied in how Rosselli has worked with the orphans to get the information directly from them pertaining their daily lives.
“Rosselli has worked with orphans for a long time now and her scope when it comes to them has widened thus allowing her to then come up with such impressive pieces,” she said.
Mangoma attributed Rosselli’s good artistic values to the 30 years’ experience she has been doing professional art as she is also an art teacher at the Harare International School currently.
Many artistes at the gallery contributed pieces of artwork to complement hers in “the spirit of solidarity.”