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with Kate Raath, Zimbabwean artist
April 08, 2010
full interview with Kate Raath
yourself in five words?
Short, overweight, sixty and permanently optimistic.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Your house is your pension, use it. In the last fifteen
years, which have been difficult, that was the best advice I could
have gotten. You've got to look at what you've got in
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Being an artist, because it doesn't pay the bills.
is your most treasured possession?
I'm not a materialist. I'd like to say my motorcar
because it's given me a lot of freedom. But also my children
and my grandson.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I suppose losing your children.
have any strange hobbies?
I've got lots of hobbies. I'm redoing my degree
myself. I'm retyping all my hand written notes on a manual
typewriter. I'm loving it. It's kept me sane.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I'm short and fat.
is your greatest extravagance?
I haven't got any.
have you got in your fridge?
Left over ham, blue cheese, half another bit of cheese,
some milk, a lettuce, six eggs and there's a bit of baby food
in there at the moment.
is your greatest fear?
Losing a family member, having an accident, the way people
drive is scary.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I love travelling locally. I love travelling between Masvingo
and Zvishavane. I love the road to Victoria Falls. Because I'm
into landscape, any road is good for me. Unfortunately I now drive
so I can't do too much looking. I'm saddened by the
are your heroes in real life?
My mum and dad, and my children.
and where were you happiest?
I've been happy all along.
your biggest vice?
It was smoking. I was a shocking smoker. I stopped that
nine years ago. I was sick, with bronchitis.
were you like at school?
I loved the subjects that I was good at. I wasn't
heavy into sport. I liked sport, but I wasn't into team sports.
are you doing next?
I'm trying to find a new landscape to paint. I'm
headed in a new direction. One of the reasons I'm redoing
my degree is to refocus my head. And I keep hoping that Zimbabwe
will come right.
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