Artist Talk: Gakunju Kaigwa and Justus Kyalo Talk about Blurred Lines
Born in 1958 and raised in Kenya, Gakunju Kaigwa is a seasoned sculptor who holds a Master’s degree in Public Art from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He has worked as an artist for over 30 years.
Although he began his career in painting, Kaigwa discovered his real passion in the early 1980’s as a sculptor. He works with wood, glass, steel, resin, bronze and many other materials using each medium to express different ideas and forms. Having a naturally curious mind, Kaigwa is inspired by anything and everything, which he then tailors to tell a story through his sculptures.
His work has been shown both locally and internationally. A mentor to many in the arts industry, Kaigwa also teaches at the International School of Kenya.
An abstract artist, Justus Kyalo redefines himself through the use of his materials, which in the past have included, canvas, paper and galvanized steel.
Born in 1972 and raised in Kenya, Kyalo has worked as an artist for over 20 years. His work has been shown both locally and internationally.
Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should
be one, joined in a spiritual union. – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908
Blurred Lines explores the divide between an object that is purely aesthetic and one that is functional. Kaigwa’s wooden sculptures are at once forms collected from Kenyan landscapes. In one of his pieces the Menengai Crater is sliced to reveal a table top, in another the Loiyangalani River Bed with all its tributaries, form the surface of a coffee table.
Kaigwa, inspired by these magical landscapes captures their beauty in art pieces that are then formed into coffee tables, mirrors, seats etc. Combining wood, resin, glass and metal, Kaigwa plays with form and function.
Kyalo manipulates galvanised iron sheeting using acid and paint to create masterpieces that tell the hidden and beautiful stories around the process of disintegration and decay. In this process of experimentation, Kyalo challenges the way we look at beauty and form.