BA Djibril Ngawa
My dreams are the primary source of inspiration that led me into visual art. They opened my eyes increasingly to a wide range of images that wasn’t visible for me before that which I retraced using pencils or chalk. It take my visual sense to another deeper dimension and gave me intense inspiration in the form of felt fever that I learned to release by drawing and paintings which became progressively a necessity to heal and balance myself. but not only that, it developed in me the ability to interact deeply with colors, lines, forms, patterns and dots in addition to translate my feelings visually with ease and spontaneity.
My art is freedom of creation, expression and an invitation to a permanent and endless journey of learning depicting, discovering the invisible and trying to understand the unknown, the mystic. It takes me to the far past and high light what will happen in the future. I see it as a bridge between the cultural heritage of the nomadic - pastoral tradition –and the contemporary artistic expressions in the west and as human connections that go beyond boundaries and understanding .It reveal to me, my personal experiences, or suggest connections in the same way that dreams function while I am interacting with the present. It reveals a fundamental truth which is the existence of the unknown in the connections between human beings.
Growing up between the small village and the multicultural mobile nomadic camps , enjoying being around the elders ,curiously listening to their stories, their appreciation of beauty and to their interpretations of: wind, symbols, trees, traditions, animals, cows, shape of horns , people, stars and birds gave me natural initiation , wider imagination deeper link and understanding of the nomadic environment and way of life which developed in me vivid interaction with the different constituents of the pastoral life that influence my artistic expressions that appears in different ways: Melodies, Lyrics, painting - and photographs that I see as love, beauty , response and reality. I am not bound to any art movement; I just express myself freely; But my art is seen as abstract figurative expressionistic and sometimes as impressionist or folk art. While I am inspired by dreams, my deep love of human beings life and nature made everything communicates to me and art was my answer to that. Digging in the relation between my musical creativity and paintings and drawing I found that I am writing lyrics and creating melodies in visual form.