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Ronald Muchatuta's Red Hand Drowning is not concerned with finding a visual equivalent to an emotional or spiritual state. In this the experience of this world is expressed as essentially chaotic, with the role of the artist being to impose a sequence upon chaos and record that sequence in the painting.In a spirit of his ongoing experimentation, Ronald Muchatuta's single Italian inspired piece bears a humid intimacy as sky meets water with deep shadows and dark liquid tones drain the sky of light. The composition he created in this work is more immediate, compressing the view without sacrificing depth. It’s an atmosphere that seems uncomfortably close and feels like a cold dusk. Playing with the concepts of reflection, a body of water and dark sky, different facets are revealed: hazy, abstracted, simplified or roughed up. It’s in these single experimental works that conventions get thrown about, the sky falling into the ocean, the moon diving beneath the clouds, shaded figures, and red heels be damned.

RONALD MUCHATUTA / Red Hand Drowning

  • Muchatuta draws the viewer in with his work by sharing personal objects that are of interest to him with various aesthetics by juxtaposing them in layers to give the viewer insight about himself. 

     

    Ronald's particular version of Red Hand Drowning mixes some Zimbabwean folklore.