|large painting with the postcard grid|
Some of his paintings are made with postcards adhered to the canvas in a grid and then painted over. His use of the postcard is symbolic; as postcards are used send messages the dance also conveys tradition and culture. The postcards also break up the space of the painting, imitating the way looking through a fishing net changes how one sees what lies beyond.
Some of his paintings are based on photos but most are drawn and painted from memory and observation.
Recently, Manel has been working on collaborative efforts, such as his work with Barkinado Bocoum for the Collaboractions show and his painting with another artist as in this Figuro Abstro performance on Youtube. This is new development as he generally tries not to be influenced by the work of other artists.
Manel will be exhibiting in France in February and March outside of Lyon with Alioune Diagne.