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Peter Rujuwa

Greenwood, IN

My stone sculptures are tribal art named after my tribe “Shona” of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe means houses made of stone. At around age six, my friends and I made our own carved toys using soapstone which was abundant in the mountains surrounding my village. Our improvised chisels were dry sticks split in half and our files were rough stone surfaces. Serpentine stone is more favorable for my sculptures because it is harder than alabaster and soapstone. Its hardness makes it easier to work with because it does not crumble to the chisel.