Art in its simplest form is a form of communication and the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Such was the case with the mirror or glassman Aleck Mukumba, from Mutare a mixed media artist who proved to be a hit during the just ended Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) held at the Harare Gardens.

It was hard not to notice him, for when the “mirror or glassman” walks, the sun‘s reflections dazzled all and sundry, leaving many wondering how this five piece suit of a mask, jacket, pair of trousers and shoes was made, how pieces of glass were sewn together.

A fascination for the children, young and old their curiosity was often jolted by a huff and gruffy human voice that greeted them from an armour of mirrors.

In some cultures, young people learn to create and appreciate art by watching adults create it and most students these days not just in industrialised countries, but everywhere, now study art in school.

To the glassman, art is something we do, an expression of our thoughts, emotions and ideas, intuitions and desires but it is more personal than that, it is about sharing.

“I have been in the entertaining industry for 2-3 years. I make up to US$500 for 1-2 hours on a good day and US$200 a day on average,” says Mukumba.

It is an expression that just might have left a lasting impression on many young ones and an inspiration on those destined for the arts industry.

Some purposes of art may be to express or communicate emotions and ideas to explore and appreciate formal elements for their own sake, or to serve as representation.

Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as the mirror or glassman displayed at HIFA from paper, glass, thread and needle one is able to sustain himself and family.