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Four Seasons I by Pitshou Botulu Mbuli / DEMIF Gallery

Born in Gbadolite (DR of Congo), Botulu is a visual artist who lives and works in Kinshasa. Following his Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa (2010), Botulu combined his artistic activities with his teaching profession in the Department of Sculpture. In 2018, he obtained a Master’s degree in Sculpture at Nanjing University (China).

Recycled plastic is one of Botulu’s notable materials, often melted and disfigured. The vibrant “plastic bottle caps” signal topical issues on climate change, particularly in Kinshasa, and mass plastic consumption by society. Botulu has been “fascinated by the floods that happened with intense rainfall and the Congo river taking over the city, where each demographic is impacted differently. The plastic flooding in is what people tend to talk about. The contradiction of natural phenomena of a flood and plastic pollution uniting in one instance.”

This work is from a four-part series reflecting the four seasons, with each season reflecting a stage in the cycle of life. This work represents the season of death: Winter. The fertile female forms in this series are an homage to the women of Kinshasa; they “form the backbone of our communities. The generosity of the women in our community, feeding and educating future generations, is something I pay homage to in my works.”

Pitshou Botulu Mbuli is represented by DEMIF Gallery (London).

£7,500.00 (Exc. VAT)

£7,500.00 (Exc. VAT)

Specifications

Materials:

Steel and Red and Black Plastic Bottle Caps.

Dimensions:

H 90cm W 29cm D 35cm.

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