I was inspired by the “négritude“ movement in Francophone literature. I like working with acrylic and oil paint. As in any movement called politics, there is always a treater. I’ll let you find the one among the three men. They are often thirsty for blood and power, and nothing will cause it to be revoked because humanity has no importance except to serve their whims. Africans like to call each other “brother” but they will do anything to harm their African brother. It is a cry of anger to all those Africans who destroy their one because they have reached a social status in Europe or in Africa. Enough! That’s enough! These Afro-Europeans who say they are for Africa but are as corrupt as the system they reject. They criticize African leaders but are the first to line up to meet them and ask for favours.
I was touched by the beauty of dancing. I think I will always paint dancers. I was inspired by my grandmother who is a great dancer but who, with her old age, speaks only of these memories of past dance lessons in Africa. The colours are warm because the scene is happening in Africa but to give a narrative sense to the story, I put a garment that was not acceptable in the African culture of the 50s. The tree represents the harmonious relationship that our African ancestors had with nature, this nature with which we must live, share the environment with but also this nature that feeds us in food and air. The tree is black, and it releases a warm and vibrant energy.
After having a conversation with a stranger while waiting for the 71 bus not far from Kingston University, I had the impression of having heard the desperation of this woman, who appeared to be gentle and stable but who was suffering greatly from her past. I gave her a sheet of paper and then I asked her to write my past is behind me and my future is to God.I asked her to discard the sheet of paper and then never worry about it because she will be on the bus and this sheet of paper will be in the past.
On his face I used very dark strokes on a brown make up to represent the effect of the harshness of life. She is surrounded by little figurines floating around her. Green is used for the hope we all have of a better world.
I was inspired by the magic and beauty of nature when respectfully used by humans being. I used the red to express the passion of this dancer for her artform, but the same red represents the blood flowing in her veins like lava flowing from a volcano. And the blue which is a contrast to soothe this character of burning fire. The spiritual symbiosis between the animal and the dancer is destroyed by the selfishness of this world, so everyone goes in opposite directions. Beauty does not matter if the inside of a being is filled with hatred.
Is beauty essential? What will we do if beauty was dead? I was inspired by the ridiculous aspect of the red carpet; actors and other celebrities strutting in ridiculous clothes to make a dead rat vomit.
What happens when we are locked in dark thoughts? What happens when we are afraid of the unknown? or the next day? What will I do without God? All these noises that I say that are disruptions. Who can help me? What are you feeling? My inspiration is you! These people who are so far from me but very close to my art. This work represents the refusal to commitment. The person is hidden by very significant colours; green for hope, red for blood and drama, blue for the sky and water, black for depression.