Saturday, February 17, 2007

Exhibit: Mame and Diana N'Diaye

Elementals: Spirit, Place, Family
Mame and Diana N’Diaye
February 13 through March 10, 2007
Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe
963 Bonifant St., downtown Silver Spring

Digital reproductions of original pen and ink, abstract prints using digitally altered maps, and art quilt

Image copyright, Mame N'Diaye 2007

Reception: Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Working mainly in pen and ink, 25-year-old Mame has been making art since she was a little girl, encouraged by her mother, Diana. She derives her themes from mystical, fantasy worlds. The current collection features linear pen and ink images that she calls "Elementals," which suggest themes of fire, water, earth, and spirit. Mame, who has Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder, uses art as a place to share her dreams. Mame received an Award of Excellence from VSA arts in 2004. She says, "Art gives power and protection It's a third eye and if you use it wisely it can tell you what life is all about."
Diana N'Diaye is a fiber artist, jewelry designer, and a folklorist at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Her quilted hangings and digital prints are inspired by folktales, childhood memories, maps, and events in the world. Exhibit co-sponsored by Empowered Women International.

Reception is open to the public.