Poetry Award - Grand BAZ’ART 2011
Zabel Mamiza, who owes her artist name to her grandchildren, is drawn to colour, to life, to childhood and to the tiny, anodyne memories which explode and come to life on her canvases.
These recurring memories are usually dealt with in a humorous key so as to soften their painful reality.
The artist feels a genuine need to find a life-like rhythm for her characters, as if in doing so she would be relieving herself of the moral hurt inflicted upon her in her early childhood and conquering the freedom of expression which she was long refused, or entirely denied.
“I am haunted and sometimes I have a great deal of trouble getting it all out. So maybe what does come out are actually bits of myself? There is definitely a lot of loneliness”.