Kader's process began by finding dirt directly from the hills Burkina Faso, Sabce, Africa, after realizing that the dirt didn’t stick. As luck would have it, he stumbled upon gum arabic (a tacky resin from the acacia tree) which he melts into oil and chews to harden and dries clear. His brother introduced him to an ancient clothing design technique used mainly by sheep herders, called “mud cloth.” He eventually began experimenting with different pigments from nature and mixing them with water and gum arabic. With all of this, Kader's technique began to rapidly take shape, forever influencing my artistic expression.
Artist: Kader Boley
Medium: Oil on canvas