The “Kassena Collection" is a new series of bas relief metal wall art which combines two art traditions of my native country, Burkina Faso. In early 2009, I first created a lion hunting shield by wrapping copper, brass and steel sheets around carved wood. This wrapping technique is based on the traditional method of shield and throne making of wrapping leather and tin around wood. I then began to create wall art by combining the wrapping technique with the Kassena style. Kassena women in southern Burkina Faso make architecturally organic and geometric murals on their mud houses. This collection is my way of translating in a more modern way the richness of my culture.