Today the editorial staff of La Maison Melem France takes you to meet Sarah Ndele to ask her 7 questions. Originally from Congo, she is a multi-talented artist. Her works of art are the translation of her culture, as well as of the environment in which she lives.
Hello Sarah, can you describe yourself in a few words?
Hello, my name is Sarah Ndele Matsuela! Single mother, living and working in Kinshasa. I am a passionate art lover like no other.
You are a sculptor, a painter, a performer, you are defined as a multidisciplinary artist, but do you have a preferred artistic field?
I am defined as multidisciplinary and I don't really have a preference for a specific field of art. For me art is a language that has many forms of expression. I can convey a single message in different mediums, such as painting, sculpture, performance art, etc. But there are messages that are conveyed in performance art (because here the artist is in action by becoming a medium himself)
What path did you take to get there?
I went through the School of Arts in Kinshasa, Institute of Fine Arts and Academy of Fine Arts.
Where does all this inspiration come from?
I am inspired by nature, my environment and ancestral or ancient works.
Can you tell us about Kongo Art?
Kongo art is a very vast art, it is just the art of the Kongo people. Moreover, most of these works can be found in the museum of Tervuren in Belgium. Indeed, the Kongo Art was a very spiritual art, charged and the woman was placed as a pillar of life. And in their time, their art was their vocabularies, their writings, and represented some deities too.
What do you wish to share through your art?
In my art I expose the problem of our lost values, while proposing some tracks, some solutions!
I also denounce my time, hence my great theme on "maintain the root".
What is the work you are most proud of?
My favorite work is one of my sculptures which I call: "Koko matsuela".
In my language, koko means grandmother or grandfather and matsuela is my name.
Why is this my favorite? I poured all the positivity I never had before into her! I changed the context of matsuela which originally means "tears". I now see it as the tears of joy, the sweat. And it is still this same work that inspired the technique of my plastic sculptures.