Often, when we are young, our heads are above the clouds. We dream and we wonder about many things. We aspire to be and to do so much. Our heads our lost in the density of the clouds with our feet afloat. Sometimes, even as we grow, we forget to keep our feet on the ground even though we are fully aware of our reality. As my career is catapulting at a pace I can’t keep up with, I always have to remind myself to keep my feet on the ground. Wherever I am, wherever I go.Staying grounded keeps me rooted. I remember who I am, where I am from and what I represent for myself and to keep my authenticity, something I never want to lose.
Ziguinchor, Senegal. 1998. Illustrator.
Ambroise Gomis is a young artist from Senegal who grew up in the suburbs of Paris. He created Jakman – The Urban Cowboy, a “self-portrait character” that can be found in each of his work. Inspired by his origins, his daily life, fashion, cinema and past eras, this sheriff is always adorned with his famous “crown”: the Stetson.