Vintage Mermaid Clotaire Bazile Sequins Flag
Vintage large mermaid Clotaire Bazile sequined and beaded flag. Folk Art.
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The seller says: We are open to reasonable offers. This is is a very rare large framed textile art by one of the most infamous by Clotaire Bazile is a Vodou priest, a healer, and one of Haiti's most famous flag makers. Please see below further details about the artist and the Huffington Post article. The piece is titled La Sirene, dedicated to the queen of the sea's powers. Most likely it was completed in 1980s it is is a perfect example of traditional Hatian folk art with striking colors on soft pink cotton. The iridescent geometric pattern borders the subject matter of a mermaid. Multi-color iridescent and metallic sequins of pink, black, silver, gold, and brown glitter and sparkle through the artwork and are displayed beautifully due to the craftmanship of Bazile. Ready to hang, mounted and encased in a gold brush metal frame with some scratches. Due to the fragility of this item - this piece will be professionally packed and shipped. Please be sure to follow us on social media platforms @heathertique for inventory updates and vintage content!
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34”W x 1.25”D x 28”H (OVERALL)
30.5”W x 0”D x 23”H (IMAGE)
Please note measurements are in approximate inches & always using the largest point of the object.
About the artist: "Bazile became a priest of Vodou in 1971, at age 25, and he made his first ritual flags two years later. He received not only his initial mandate to make flags, but also all of his artistic training, from spirits that came to him in dreams. The first flags he made were sacred ceremonial ones for use in his temple, but soon afterward he began creating non-sacred versions for sale to tourists who were beginning to demonstrate an interest in the art form. He formally opened a flag-making workshop in Port-au-Prince in 1980, and it is still in operation, providing work for members of his religious community and bringing much-needed funds into the temple.
Other Vodou priests followed his lead and established their own workshops, and over the subsequent decades, numerous artists of other religious faiths have emerged with their own distinct personal styles of flag making. The result has been a cottage industry in sequined works of art that have made their way into galleries and boutiques throughout the United States and Europe. Bazile was one of the key actors in this transition of Vodou flags from primarily ritual objects to commercial art objects.
Bazile describes his work as a priest and his work as a flag maker as intertwined and mutually enabling. "Flags are unlike other kinds of art objects," he observes, "because the spirits are involved. The spirits are in the symbols of the flags. Not with all their power, because you can't reveal all their secrets, their force. If you don't reveal the power, if you don't baptize the flag, it is just an object. Neither the people who buy them nor myself have any problems. It's with the spirits' permission that I make the flags."
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- 34.0ʺW × 1.25ʺD × 28.0ʺH
- Good Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left
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