Mouminatou Thiau

Institution: Scripps College



I hoped to show the energy and beauty of God flowing through each of us. For me, I chose to let Jesus into my heart and I came alive. It’s like my spirit has been dancing. It’s intimacy, closeness, with God that makes us complete in such a way. It’s a heart aligned with Heaven. Each protagonist in this series is unique, but each is incomplete both in structure and in color- considering the full spectrum. I imagine if I painted God He’d be made up of every color. He expresses parts of Himself through each of us in unique ways, so as His children we carry His colors on earth and He shines through all things. Red- passion, love, devotion Orange- courage, creativity Yellow- joy, surrender, kindness  Purple- confidence, honor Blue- trust, humility Green- balance, revival, patience That is who He is. The creator and giving source of these things in their purest forms. After thinking through this for a while, God led me to a Bible verse I had never read before: “May you experience the love of Christ, though it’s too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19 For the movements I was inspired by West African Dance; more specifically from the Malinke and the Wolof people of (primarily) West Africa. This is the form that is closest to my heart (and most expressive in, my eyes, of the fruits of God’s spirit (joy, courage, passion, surrender, etc) as I know them. I believe in the impact and beauty of dance as a form of worship and storytelling that is so fundamental to the African Diaspora.

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