DescriptionThis piece was inspired by the recent tragedy of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It is named after the town Carrefour - the epicenter of the earthquake. Carrefour also means "crossroad" and the significance of this meaning is brought to life in my painting. It is an adaptation of a traditional African symbol of life cycles and transitions - the cross. Used in spiritual ceremonies throughout the Caribbean, this cross is drawn to invoke the spirit Elegba/Legba and open the doors to the spirit realm. My rendering of this cross combines symbols of sacred and mundane objects and the circular flow of life moving counterclockwise through the four sections of the cross. As Haiti faces this catastrophe and moves through this transition, we are reminded of the cycle and flow of life - destroyed but soon to be recreated. This painting is a metaphor for the indomitable spirit of people faced with extreme and tragic loss and their ability to rise from the rubble and transform negative circumstances into positive outcomes.
Full Artwork Details
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 x 3/4 inches
pop, graffiti/street-art, figurative, Haiti, earthquake, veve, vodun, santeria, rebirth, Mandala, cross, crossroad, Black & White, urban, street art, Afro Caribbean surrealism, african diaspora, latino, Cuban, Arte cubano, graffiti, street-art, TROPICAL, West Indian, hispanic, Latin American, miami, primitive, dream