Viyé Diba is a respected professor at the National School of Fine
Arts and his works are shown in museums and galleries in many parts
of the world. He is faithful to the Mouride way of life. Diba often
combines painting and sculpture in his work. He sews woven strips of
cloth, usually used for shrouds for the dead, together to make his canvases.
He mixes sand and other substances with his paint to add color and texture.
Many recycled materials find their way into his works. This artist tries
to extend the boundaries of his artwork and his work often goes beyond
what would typically be the frame of the piece. Many of his paintings
are "robes" with pockets attached into which he stuffs secret
materials. Sometimes he sews the pockets closed and other times he leaves
them open. To Diba they suggest the sorts of hidden knowledge dear to
Two of a six-part collage. These canvases are linked and tied together.
They are "robes" with pockets attached. The pockets contain
hidden knowledge—sometimes left open and sometimes shut—and represent
the constant quest of Sufis to see through veils or layers of ignorance.
This quest is not made without difficulties and the robes which are
tied, pulled and knotted suggest the difficulties that the learner may
encounter. Our own ignorance may prevent us from understanding what
is before our eyes. How would you, as an artist, embed your work with
obvious and concealed knowledge?
might this work be placed?