Wasswa Donald aka WaswaD was born and grew up in Nakivubo Flats in down town Kampala, but today lives and works in Buziga, a Suburb in Kampala, where he runs Artpunch Studio. He is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who does sculptures, installations, pen drawing and paintings to compare two worlds into one new world. WaswaD’s work encourages conversations about identity and belonging. He studies the process of transformation with his primary focus being on humans versus a given environment as well as our social interactions and the nature of communication therein.
He received his training from Kyambogo University and is now working with artists from different backgrounds and experiences. He believes that each art disciple greatly contributes to the others, and so he finds his inspiration to create by collaborating with other artists.
WaswaD`s whimsical paintings and dreamscape work is an expression of the social, political and economic situations surrounding him, Ugandans and Africans at large. He experiments with various materials and artistic styles. In his works he blends semi-abstract and realism styles, looking for the hidden beauty that lies in the incorporation of a variety of materials when creating sculptures and installations.
Nature, music, and dreams are the main sources of inspiration for WaswaD hence giving birth to a new language that he speaks, ELEPHANISH!!!
WaswaD uses actual events to influence his research which rely on a spontaneous encounter with natural objects or found objects. These objects are carriers of memories of places that he claims as art materials. The objects later suffer various forms of interference by carving, assembling and arranging them, which result in new beings, at times installations. WaswaD imagines the secret lives of everyday objects and how they change overtime just like humans.