My mixed-media artwork is comprised of a variety of painting techniques and paper collage. Each piece is a reflection of my experience as a multicultural, multiracial woman, illustrating my blended cultures of West Africa and the United States. My creations tell stories of identity and humankind, and is full of concepts that shape the individuality of black people today, as I explore black feminine identity intertwined with West African and American history and how it co-exists in our present day.
Malian-American Artist Penda Diakité grew up between Mali, West Africa and Portland, Oregon. Her mixed media work is usually comprised of a mixture of collage, acrylic, rubber, and oil among other mediums. She meshes the vibrant colors and patterns of her Malian heritage with influences of her urban American upbringing. Her artwork is a reflection of her experiences as a bicultural woman, her blended cultures, and is a visual commentary on historical West African tradition and how it co-exists among popular media’s portrayal of people of color.