Gutter Rainbows II - Going into the world: Johnson Zuze

Johnson Zuze is an artist based in Zimbabwe whose work addresses themes of ecology and the natural world, blending these ideas with commentary on the complex societal issues of consumerism and our relationship with the natural world.

Zuze's work originates from garbage dumps where he collects urban waste. Under his hands it  emerges into the world in wonderful forms, artistic and creative sculptures of birds and animals and insects.


Each sculpture is implanted with interesting items – bottles, jars, containers, cosmetic and surgical instruments. These reflect colour and are joined by intricate woven wire with superb accuracy into the anatomical realisation of his subject matter. Zuze possesses a unique knack of imbuing his subjects with movement, character, personality and humour.