Patrick’s sculptures explore the current trend of up-cycling, using metal scrap together with cast fibre glass to give old, found objects an entirely new and extraordinary life.
Born in 1989, Ugandan artist Patrick Mulondo graduated from Makerere University, where he majored in sculpture modelling and carving, and jewellery making. His sculptures explore the current trend of up-cycling, using metal scrap together with cast fibre glass to give old, found objects an entirely new and extraordinary life.
His works are designed to be highly interactive and prompt viewers to question the reality of what they see.
The challenge of creating an unequalled piece of art from flung metal parts, with the aim of recycling, is the task ahead in my career. I want to give new life to the already-flung household and industrial scrap that I find.
My projects concern experimenting with scrap metal to solve the problem of its disposal yet communicating its beauty. I asked myself many questions: How far can sculptors contribute to recycling in society today? How can I, as a sculptor, develop sculptural concepts using scrap? What will the public response be towards this idea?
Mulondo participated in making of The Journey Monument, an art piece commemorating Uganda’s Golden Jubilee. His work, Sculptural body Adornment 2013, graces Makerere University. Mulondo has participated in an on-going group exhibition at Diani Beach Art Gallery, Kenya. He is currently developing concepts for the commemoration of the 20-year civil war in Northern Uganda, which ended in 2006. The Lord Resistance Army (LRA), a paramilitary group led by Joseph Kony, had committed atrocious crimes in the region. With sculptural means, Mulondo wants to explore the tragic effects of the war on the communities in the Gulu region, and show how they are rebuilding their lives.
Mulondo has been part of group exhibitions at various galleries in Uganda in Kenya. In 2014 he has had successful solo exhibitions at the American Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, in Diani Beach, Kenya.
He is the only Ugandan artist chosen to be in the Kenya Artist Diary for 2015.
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