Composition with Cross and Skull (2012) New Orleans, Louisiana. Jack Wittenbrink. Recycled Roofing Tin. (10 x 7)

This piece, cut from recycled roofing tin by New Orleans artist, Jack Wittenbrink – employs imagery associated with Gede: the carnivalesque Haitian Vodou deity associated with the cemetery, bawdy sexuality, righteous justice, and the care of children. The crosses, crossed bones, and skull motif, together with the star-like pwen and curlicues of Vodou veve (ritual ground drawings), evoke Haitian sacred aesthetics, while simultaneously recalling the baroque iron work fences, gates, and balustrades of colonial New Orleans.

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