REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
A haiku is a small poem intended to say and celebrate the evanescence of things.
This Haïku is about « Songui-Songui ».
In Lingala, Songui-songui means unhealthy curiosity and gossip. For a long time, I was afraid that people would be interested in what I do with my life, in my sexual orientation.
I always felt like I was being watched, being judged.
Self-taught, if I had to explain my way of painting, I would say that it is a selfish search for fullness, a vision of spirituality, and an observation somewhat bizarre of the world.
Inspired by cracked stone patterns and tree bark for the texture of my paintings, I am in love with thoroughness and detailed work that offers the eloquence of a good balance between coldness and aggressiveness.
I began to work as an artist in 2016. Ever since, I have been searching for direct experiences with specific materials, challenging their limits and incorporating those challenges and transformations into the final piece.
In my research, I gradually abandoned the support of the classic canvas to work on plastic tarpaulin (tarpaulin made by recycling plastic waste collected in my hometown). This, accompanied by paper, acrylic paints, markers, collages, charcoal and ink is opening the way for me to a painting technique of my own.
The manifest symbolism that prevails in my works is my way of seeing my own person, the way I live my femininity, my sexuality, my nervousness. The bursting of colors, androgynous characters sometimes devoid of hair or natural skin color symbolizes gender and race neutrality.
Thus, around my paintings, I index the disappearance of a world, question it, and reveal it in a part of the truth inspired by the questions that are essential to me. Even better, I try to betray the inconsistency of this world, its elusive nature, using a love of detail, from drawing to painting, from the possible to the infinite!
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Acrylic on Paper