Lizette Chirrime and The art of healing, part of “I have a Dream” exhibition in Venice

“Your mind is like water, when it is agitated, it becomes very difficult to see, but when you let it settle the answer becomes clear.”

Lizette Chirrime was born in 1977 in Nampula and grew up in Maputo, Mozambique.

Coming from an abusive background and no formal schooling, she initially approached art in the attempt of following her inner voice. Using only her instinctual connection to fabrics and recycled materials, she started creating her symbolic and self-healing pieces, inspired by water and female form, as reflections of her past experiences and her dreams. 

We had a chat with Lizette Chirrime about her inspirations, relationship with art and her dreams.

  • How and where do you find inspiration for your art?

I find inspiration in different ways and places. If it doesn’t come from dreams after a good sleep, it comes from my daily view of life, from how and what I come across, it can be sad or happiness, dark or colourful, death or life, and my main focus is women. On a daily basis, I find women, poor or wealthy, crying because they don’t have the freedom to express or live freely.  Most of the time, the circumstances make them forget who they are and their purpose. 

  • What is your relationship with your work? 

It is very difficult to separate from my work. In the beginning, I used to think that because my work is so spiritual, it shouldn’t be sold but kept in a sanctuary where many people could access to view, find inspiration or even a communication with work. Obviously, that wasn’t possible because I needed to have an income to sustain me, my kids and the work itself, so I learned to be flexible and let it go. 

Mother and child bond, 2009
Mixed Media on Canvas (fabric collage, stitched on canvas, mixed with hand-stitched ropes)

  • Do you still dare to have dreams?

Yes, I still dare to have dreams. I still dream to see or live in a peaceful, respectful and balanced world. I dream one day to afford to build my museum so that I can preserve my work, to be seen even when I’m gone; I dream to be able to afford to build a centre where kids can go after school, to learn more about culture and arts; 

I dream to build a centre to feed and shelter the homeless. As a single mother in the modern world, I dream for a reversed movement, so that we could continue the legacy of community, where women are there for each other as a community, and together we support each other, to race a strong nation, and balance the daily duties. ( In my experience, if a single mother has to handle a very strong task on her own, especially if she is an artist, it can be very draining, and end up depressed and broke.)


The African dream, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas (fabric collage, stitched on canvas, mixed with hand-stitched ropes)

 

Check out the artist’s profile at akkaproject.com/artists to discover more 

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