The historic overriding need for escape from they cultural extremis that is Haiti, comes from the knowledge that to be born there is to be born in pain. The deck of this vessel is comprised of a pigeon barrier of wood, embedded with nails which pigeons nevertheless succeed in nesting on.In the West African animist / Christian derivation that is “Voudoun”, the LOA (God) of water is Met Agwe. Through the consultation of a Voudoun priest or priestess as to which vessel to escape in, the escapees first fashion a model of the boat. With ceremony and incantations the model is set adrift. If it comes back, this is interpreted as a warning, and they are compelled to search for another craft.
HAITIAN DREAM (Met Agwe)1993wood, metal14” x 72” x 6”Private collection Aspen Colorado