Odette Watshini Messager (1967) was born in Kinshasa to a Congolese mother and a French father. She expresses her multiple origins, revealing a feminine and intimate inner space. It is the African woman who gives life to her inspiration. She creates from her commitments, her feelings, her travels, the memory she wants to transmit, her body and her encounters. She owes her taste for painting and especially drawing, to the painter Antoine Tricon: a drawing teacher (Fluoman I 1952-2005), whose classes she attended. Odette Messager creates figurative art using a mixed technique. In her works, there is a freedom of colour and a multitude of different materials such as wood, fabric, sand, steel, plaster and paper.
She is the author of the Tatu Mamu series that has recently been reprinted in serious magazines (Le Vif, Special issue on decolonization & Collect )
TATU MAMU. 80 x 120cm. Acrylic painting on canvas, 2019