his work is sold in many places throughout the city of Dakar, the artist
is a very private person and he doesn’t seek publicity for himself.
however, bring him attention. Sometimes
his work takes the form of collages as he attaches cloth to a painting
of the saint
Amadu Bamba. These images stand out from the background only a little,
because it is
a principle of Islam that one not make a three-dimensional picture of
Another of Tafaa Seck’s techniques is to use calligraphy in his paintings.
For followers of the
Sufi way, letters and words are powerful mystical tools.
Painting of Amadu Bamba praying on the waters. This painting is displayed
for sale and is posted (with others) on a fence around a small park.
The miracle of Amadu Bamba praying on the waters is portrayed often
in paintings and other media and is a most important event in the life
of the saint. Sent into exile on a French ship, Bamba was accompanied
by a Catholic priest and European passengers. When his request to pray
on deck was refused, the Angel Gabriel delivered a message that he must
"make do." Bamba then descended from the ship, aided by the
angel, and spread his sheepskin on the water to pray. When he arose,
Bamba had sand on his forehead as if he had prayed on land. What can
be learned from Bamba’s miracle? How could this event provide courage
in times of need? Is there a special event or story you know that inspires
you in difficult times?
might this work be placed?