About the Work
Marie Laveau, 2013
13 x 13 inches
archival pigment print with hand-drawn additions
Edition of 20
While mystery surrounds her birth, life, and death, Marie Laveau is undoubtedly the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. She devoted her life to helping others through her gift and practices. Even in death, she has continued to be an icon to the power of the unexplainable. Her tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1 is covered in X’s, markings of those who have had their desires filled after asking Madame Laveau for help. Since Laveau lived in the early 19th century, there are no photographs of her. Stout has conjured her visage from her own imagination.
OTHER PATRON PRINTS
Renée Stout – Washington, DC
Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing. Stout created a commissioned installation in the “old” Halsey Gallery in 1996 entitled Wylie Avenue Juke. She was recently featured in the exhibition Tales of the Conjure Woman, a traveling exhibition organized by the Halsey Institute.
Stout has an alter ego named Fatima Mayfield who is a conjurer, rootworker, and spiritual advisor. Stout has created a vast fictional milieu which includes many imaginary characters whose lives and situations unfold in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media sculpture, photography, and installation. The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and in England, Russia and the Netherlands.
ABOUT THE PATRON PRINT PROGRAM:
Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute. Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-953-5652.