Janet Mbirimi lives in Cape Town with her two daughters and husband. And, grew up in the rural village Wedza (or Hwedza) in Zimbabwe. Wedza is in the province of Mashonaland East, located south of Harare.

Mbirimi works as a printer at the print studio, Warren Editions. Her exposure and intense involvement in printmaking at the print studio led her to explore her own ‘language’ in etchings and woodcuts. Her childhood geographic landscape is inextricably linked to her landscape of memories. 

Her etching Mtukwa is of the mountainous range in the province of Mashonaland East. In the summer months, as a child she will walk on the gravel road with her sister, Florence, to Mtukwa about two hours away from their home; there they will primarily pick plum sugar fruit – in Shona named ‘mazhanje’.

 

JanetMbrimi, Prints, Etching

Janet Mbirimi
Mtukwa
2018
Hardground etching on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimensions: 38 x 44 cm
Image dimensions: 22,6 x 29,6 cm

 

JanetMbrimi, Matopos Hills, Prints, Etching

Janet Mbirimi
Matopos Hills
2018
Hardground etching on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimensions: 38 x 44 cm
Image dimensions: 22,7 x 29,8 cm

 

Janet Mbirimi, Prints, Etching

Janet Mbirimi
Nyamupara
2015
Hardground etching on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm Edition of 10
Paper dimensions: 25,3 x 26,6 cm
Image dimensions: 15,6 x 18,5 cm