At-Home Art Activity
Cosmic Mirrors brings together striking works created by Haitian artists from the 1950s to 2000s. The exhibition – drawn almost exclusively from the Museum’s rich collection of over 160 Haitian artworks – features contemporary artists in dialogue with masters of the Haitian Renaissance, who in the early and mid-twentieth century established the ateliers, movements and markets that formed the country’s modernist aesthetic.
Haiti’s creative abundance is seen through the exhibition’s focus on depictions of the country’s spiritual syncretism between colonial Catholic beliefs and vodou cosmology, portrayals of its lush terrain, and an emphasis on the nation’s signature technique of creating figurative metal sculptures from repurposed steel oil drums.
The exhibition’s title refers to the Haitian Vodou belief in a parallel universe, referred to as Laviloka or Afrik Ginen. This land is both real and divine, functioning as an inverse reflection of the physical world. This cosmic sphere is populated by the immortal spirits of the country’s African ancestors and spiritual divinities, which through ceremony, reach into our own profane realm. Beyond this understanding of another dimension, the title points to the leitmotif of doubles, reflexives and equivalents that are persistent throughout Haitian culture.
- Aluminum Foil
- Black Paper
Sculpture – An art form made in three dimensions. Sculptures can be made by carving, modeling, or placing materials together.
Relief – An artwork that projects out from a background surface.
Low relief – The design projects only slightly from the ground and there is little or no undercutting of outlines.
High relief – The design projects drastically from the surface and some parts may be undercut and detached.
Embossing – The process of creating a raised image, design, or text on a material, such as paper, leather, or metal sheets.
Positive space – The main object or subject within a composition.
Negative space – The area surrounding the main object or subject.
Organic shape – Irregular and uneven shapes, shapes we would see in nature.
Geometric shape – Precise and regular shapes, like squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Inspiration for your Imagination
Installation view of Cosmic Mirrors.
Take your aluminum foil and cut out a design, it can be an organic shape or geometric shape.
After cutting a shape from the aluminum foil, carefully add glue to the back and attach it to your black paper.
After attaching your aluminum foil design to your paper, take a chopstick and begin drawing/imprinting a design into the aluminum foil.
Here is your completed Haitian Metal Art inspired by Serge Jolimeau.
Here is another example of your completed Haitian Metal Art inspired by Serge Jolimeau.
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