I painted a few vevés onto wooden spoons last year for a group exhibition. You find vevés drawn in powdered pigments (flour, gunpowder, ochres) on the streets of Haiti…they represent a loa (or lwa…spirits or gods of Haitian vodou) and are used in rituals. I really enjoyed adding colour and texture to these—normally monochromatic—designs; but the wooden spoon format proved a bit unpopular.
So I always meant to do them again, featuring a greater variety of the sigils, on canvas. Another group show coming up in August of this year, Tropical Gothic, has given me the opportunity to do this.
I’m also learning to shoot time-lapse videos, with my phone wedged into a can filled with short pencils (thank you, Linda Joy, for this punk-rock DIY solution!) so bear with me.