by site user Katy Massey
Nabulime's sculptures deals sensitively and with humour, the painful
subject of living with HIV/AIDS.
to see her work, as part of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne's
2004 Postgraduate Fine Art Degree Exhibition, will be surprised
at the beauty on display: a carved wooden statue of a woman with
bright red lipstick is clad in shimmering burnt copper tiles.
|Lilian and Katy consider
a soapy game of strategy
and female genitalia are fashioned from translucent soap and are
displayed facing each other upon a white table, looking for all
the world like an erotic chess game about to begin.
Lilian's work carries a serious message.
"It is a game," she comments, dryly. "If you go into
a relationship, you have to make sure you are protected to survive."
|Head-wrapped wooden woman
pain and tragedy of women living with HIV/AIDS in Lilian's home
country of Uganda is never far from the surface.
beautiful head-wrapped wooden woman may be studded with nails or
wrought with chain-saw cuts. And, if you look carefully, some of
the soap penises contain deadly, rotten seeds.
a well-established artist who has exhibited all over the world,
Lilian is a lecturer at Uganda's Makerere University in Sculpture.
has spent three years in Newcastle producing the work on display
in the exhibition, which is based on her research talking to Ugandan
women affected by the disease.
expected to find misery, but though they are struggling they were
positive, smiling and determined to go on," she says. However,
more money would certainly make their lives easier, as some of Lilian's
works make plain.
installation features nearly 300 tiny test tubes mounted on wooden
racks, each filled with a different natural material some at various
stages of degradation.
|A shield of protection
and another pieces in unadorned and rough-hewn wood depicting a
figure balanced awkwardly on a tripod attached to various drips,
refer to the vital drugs and treatments which are so difficult for
these women to obtain.
will be returning soon to Uganda to share her work with the women
whose experience she has worked so hard to represent. Then her use
of natural and easily obtained materials will come into its own.
plans to run workshops where she and the women will recreate those
pieces she is unable to transport to Africa.
the meantime, three of her pieces are on permanent display in Newcastle
University's new Devonshire Building: twisted, organic figures were
made from Sycamore trees which were felled when construction got
fragile and reflective bowls & mirrors
her how this commission came about.
"I was just passing and asked if I could have the wood, and
they were kind enough to give it to me," she explains, displaying
the modesty, warmth and ingenuity typical of her approach to her
Hatton Gallery and Fine Art Department
until September 10