Penda Diakité

breathless 2.5ft x 4ft

 Spraypaint x collage on board, resin finish

We can only breathe if we allow ourselves to let go of the previous breath.

bandigi 4ft x 3 ft (Sold)

Acrylic x spraypaint X collage on board

‘Bandigi’ is the Bambara (a language native to Mali, West Africa) word for the hairstyle illustrated in the piece.
This piece is an observation of what the human race would look like in the cities and more urban areas of west Africa, as a result of western influence and technology.

White Noise 4ft x 3 ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board
‘White Noise' was inspired by the 2016 Oscars boycott, due to the lack of representation of nominees of color. This piece is about being and feeling silenced; a representation of the voiceless and the seen but unheard.

In Mali it was instilled in me that every surrounding aspect of life was a part of me and I a part of it — from small insects to large animals, to the plants that bless us with oxygen every day; we are all one. As a result, it is important to live in harmony with everything around us. These pieces are a reflection of the underlying theme of symbiosis in traditional Mali: we all carry a soul that is valued: insect, plant, human being etc...

whisperers 3ft x 2 ft

collage on board

cabako 3ft x 2 ft

 collage on board

bad gyal 2ft x 2ft (Sold) 

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board

Dripping in the luxury and pollution of popular media. The beauty in dirty.

Growing up between Malian and American cultures, there was a huge contrast (almost opposing) in values. In the USA I observed more of a consumer life style rather than the Malian ‘give and take’ life style. In particular, this piece speaks to the different cultures’ definition of wealth. I’ve been given so much knowledge on the history of West Africa from thousands of years back as it is a valuable part of tradition passed down by griots. Knowledge is a wealth that can never be stolen, yet there is the contrasting idea that wealth is purely physical material things. 


Wealth of knowledge

3ft x 2ft

Acrylic x collage on board

Consumer 3ft x 2ft (sold)

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on canvas, resin finish

‘We are what we eat.’ For every action, there is a reaction. What are we creating and generating within ourselves by consuming?


carpool 4ft x 2ft (sold)

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board

Love is Beauty. Love is Pain.


fortune or fame 3ft x 2ft (sold) 

collage on board

We are the results of our decisions and the results of unexplained forces. We are powerful and powerless.
She sits in her present state turning the dials of fate, a compass in her hand, a baby in her womb, smoke between her fingers.


The poet 3ft x 2ft

collage on board

Griots are the banks of West Africa. History's wealth pulses through their brains, released only by poetry. They are the holders of the past and the hope of the future.

(Griots are a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Afric..)


real football 3ft x 2ft (sold)

Acrylic x spraypaint x oil x collage on board

A scene from the motherland I passed by hundreds of days in my childhood. A scene from the motherland I’ve passed by hundreds of nights in my dreams.



jellyfish 2ft x 4ft

Acrylic x collage on board

A Self portrait.
Jellyfish: some of the most beautiful, but deadly creatures.


pheobe 3ft x 2ft (sold)

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board


Cataglyphis cursor 
4
ft x 2ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board

Many female ants, such as Cataglyphis cursor, do not need a male mate, reproducing through asexual cloning, and all of those offspring will be female.


self portrait 4ft x 2ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board


yafama (forgive me) 4ft x 4ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x oil x collage on board

One of my first Bambara words was ‘Yafama,’ meaning forgive me. A word so often needed and so little used in our world. As a little girl I remember wrinkling my little toes in the West, African sand and reaching out my hands in hopes of forgiveness for my misbehavior and its effect on another. A moment of growth, a moment of compassion.


Wari tigi (Master of Money) 2.5ft x 2ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board resin finish


désolé j'ai gagné (Sorry, I won)

2.5ft x 2ft

Acrylic x spraypaint x collage on board resin finish


Hakili Jagabo (Reflection) Collection 

2016-17

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