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La Sirène (The Mermaid)

Artist/Maker: Serge Jolimeau (Haiti, b. 1952)

Date: ca. 1980
Medium: steel and varnish
Overall: 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (0.6 x 26 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Museum purchase through funds from Brian A. Dursum
Object number: 98.0020.03
DescriptionWithout traditional artist’s materials, and with raw materials in short supply, industrious Haitian sculptors have improvised by reusing oil drums. A sheet of metal is flattened with a hammer, using a brick or stone as an anvil. The design is then drawn on with chalk, and cut out with a mallet and chisel in a laborious process. Finally, the sharp edges are filed down, and sometimes a coat of sealant is applied to the finished work.
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