AGN; Why did you choose to study Architectural Draughtsmanship instead of an arts course?
FC; My father is a nurse and wanted me to pursue a science related discipline, however, I was not interested in doing so. There were no arts courses in Gambia that I could apply for. Further research led me to architecture as I felt there is a link between what can be done in terms of the designs and drawings that are produced as part of the architectural process and art.
AGN; Has the discipline of Architectural Draughtsmanship impacted your approach to creating works of art?
FC; Absolutely. As a result of studying architecture I started using sketches and line drawings as the basis for developing works, a process that I never used to utilize prior to studying architecture.
AGN; What is the art scene and market like in The Gambia?
FC; I feel it is very dull. I recall visiting more established artists when I was younger, however, they would put their brushes down in the presence of others. It is as if they are afraid of people taking anything from their processes in case it diminishes what they do. I don’t feel most of the older/established artists are very open or can see the bigger picture in terms of what being more open would lead to for the scene.
The market is only vibrant during the tourist season. Most of my clients come from Europe. I only know of one gallery that is open to all artists in the whole country. On my part I engage in grass-roots activity where I allow people to visit me while working, they get to experience part of my creative process. I also provide encouragement to young artists and I do all of this without charging a penny as my contribution to the development of the creative arts in the Gambia.