The Art of Communicating Vision "Art has many concerns, one of which is manifesting creative vision. It is a tool of communication with the ability to transcend the boundaries of verbal language and provoke contemplation and emotion. For me, making art is a journey of Self discovery through sublime transformation. It is a place where the subjective and objective worlds merge. Ultimately, it is a collaboration between thought and expression, the artist and spectator..."
Biography: Nyanda is primarily a self-taught artist by methods of observation, research, error and just simply doing what feels right. On her creative expeditions, she has used many forms of media, such as drawing, photography and CAD, each one laying way for and providing insight into the next. With an ingrained passion for the creative process, Nyanda went to Jamaica in her twenties for a three-year stay. It was there she met Lancelot Bryan, the internationally renowned artist who taught her how to carve Lignum Vitae - 'Wood of Life'. He said, "Whatever you want is in the wood, all you have to do is take away what you don't want and release it". It is this 'releasing' that is at the heart of her practice. Reading the 'chiromancy' of the material and 'listening in' for its own inherent narrative rather than imposing an idea upon it, thereby obliterating its character. Nyanda handcrafts each piece, working directly on it without any preliminary sketches or ideas. By fettling the raw wood she gets to know it and from this a connection develops. "Carving is like a good two-way conversation, you give and receive, listen and speak". Later, she would use this same 'call and response' approach to carving stone. Nyanda is a Fine Art graduate with a BA Hons awarded by Middlesex University. She lives and works in East London.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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