My work, a drawing titled Happy Today was, believe it or not started before Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. Why is this significant? Well, shortly after completing the drawing of a smiling mouth with the caption “Happy Today” underneath, I switched on the TV and the first channel to show up was Sky News, and on it, live coverage of street scenes in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Sky reporter David Bowden was the lucky journalist witnessing this historic occasion as he and his camera crew drove through the busy and thronging streets, its people joyous beyond words.
I have to be honest, my Happy Today drawing was not specifically drawn for this particular occasion, although events in Zimbabwe were bubbling up over the past few days after the military coup started the previous week.
I had intended Happy Today to be the start of another daily work, this time in the form of drawing, using whatever material I deemed appropriate.
The drawing itself was created using pencil on 130 gsm white paper. The smiling mouth was randomly chosen by an algorithm from found images on the internet. The paper measures 21 x 29.7 cm; 8.27 x 11.69 inches; or A4; sizes now installed as my signature work practice.
The series will now continue on a daily basis, but the image will change as a reflection of my status, the world’s staus or indeed, both. But for now, I dedicated Happy Today to the people of Zimbabwe as they start their journey towards a better life.
If you are interested in owning the original drawing of Happy Today, the first in the series, please email me for more details. It will be listed on my online shop in due course, priced at £100 including shipping.