Mr. N’Diaye uses wood as his medium for two main reasons: the first is, simply, that he is following the rich tradition of Malinese sculpting. Second is because of the unique individuality of each piece of wood: no two can ever be exactly alike. He creates his artwork based off of the certain unspoken aura of the individual piece determined by the grains and how it feels in his hands. Mr. N’Diaye’s pieces all conjure the harmony of the past which he hopes to share with the world in his pieces. He uses traditional tools to carve the wood to underscore the unity with the past as well as to make each piece feel more personal.
In Mr. Sampson’s paintings, color is the main focal point that brings the works to life. As the great Modernists attempted to do in various ways, Mr. Sampson uses color to remind the viewer of the artifice of his creations. He also uses color to represent the stream of consciousness, and experiences of the people in the paintings and to bridge a gap from reality into the world of the paintings. His pieces all have a perennial quality that transcends any set time.
As you gaze upon the works of both artists, you will be looking into something greater than just our current moment. Rather, you will be entering a universe which blurs the line between art and life, past and present. This exhibit evokes the human pulse of centuries past and centuries to come, and realizes something bigger than a single self.