AGN; Which artistic discipline enables you to best express yourself and why is that?
TM; That’s really difficult for me to pick here as I equally and easily produce and create in so many fields but if I am to choose, maybe poetry.
AGN; What word or phrase best encapsulates what you are about as an artist i.e. your essence and can you expand on why you say this?
TM; Of course, multidisciplinary and collaborative…in that I use all sorts to create art. I have used numbers, letters etc… to create visual art. I have used the essay form to write poetry… and I am always interested in collaborating with other artists and creators…if you check my anthologies I do them with many others as co-editors. I am still very much inspired by the J Morris adage, “collaboration as a slim condition of possibility”.
AGN; Computers have enabled more people to engage in artistic pursuits than previously and this has been quite impactful. What one thing has been a game changer in terms of your own artistic process/output?
TM; I would highlight the basics such as email, websites, e-marketing and word processing…when I started out in 94, you would send print copies through snail mail and it would take months to hear from the publisher. Now it’s a momentary thing, boom your email is being read in South America, Asia etc. Preservation and sales of materials in different formats has also made a difference to me, eg e-copies/e-books, pdfs, jpegs etc…
AGN; Over the last ten years what key change have you observed in the Zimbabwean arts scene and is this something you feel is a step in the right direction?
TM; I think more and more artists are coming up and less and less consumers are there…especially in artistic fields that are not as popular like painting, poetry, literary writing. So on one side it’s a positive, i.e. proliferation of more artworks but on the downside there is lower consumption of artworks in relation to the increased output.