Part of the ongoing 300 for 300 project honoring the people who have shaped our city.
"The legacy: His birth name was Francisco Idelfonso Mareno, but the Capuchin friar who for years served as the rector at St. Louis Cathedral was known by everyone in the city -- and still is -- as Pere Antoine, no other name necessary. Pere Antoine was as devout as he was strong-willed, so much as to be controversial, as with his attempt to import the Spanish Inquisition to Louisiana in 1789, an effort that saw him exiled from the city for a time. He would return, mellowed but devout as ever, and he would end up earning the enduring affection of his flock for his willingness to minister to everyone, be they poor, enslaved or imprisoned. When church officials tried to unseat him a second time in 1805, his congregation had enough, electing him their parish priest -- the people's priest -- and an office he held the rest of his life.
The quote: "Among the Catholic clergy, Father Antoine, a Capuchin, stands out and highly deserves the esteem in which he is held by the Catholics as well as by the Protestants. He is a true father of the sick, the helpless and the forsaken." -- author and traveler Charles Sidons, in 1827, after visiting New Orleans."
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Gouache on paper
12" x 12"
Shipping cost: $10.00
I am a painter, muralist, illustrator, and designer, living and working in the French Quarter. I work in a variety of painting media including oil, acrylic, gouache, and house paint, and my painting style varies widely according to the chosen media. My work emphasizes the strength of femininity and nature, attempting to offer space for peace (particularly in these times of great national strife). I am originally from Atlanta, but have lived in Prague, Boston, Chicago, New York, Halifax, and Cape Town before settling in New Orleans in 2014. Each place has contributed invaluable inspiration for my studio practice, for which I will be forever grateful for. In addition to painting projects, I also co-run Luna Raae, a vintage clothing pop up that focuses on celebrating New Orleans style expression and encourages divestment from fast fashion.
My oil paintings, which I call "Where-Scapes", explore imaginary spaces that linger between worlds and inspire a sense of curiosity as coping mechanism for loss. I am thinking about the dualism of absence and presence, exploring where a human imprint is felt in an ethereal space and light can emerge from darkness.
My 'Saints' are created on salvaged wood using acrylic or latex paint. They are imaginary deities inspired by the celebratory spirituality of the crescent city, containing elements of medieval iconography, Russian nesting dolls, contemporary street art, and American folk art. These goddess figures are intended to bring good energy into the spaces they inhabit. They are a meditative release to create, an opportunity to play with color and pattern in inventing character.
My murals involve layers of botanical imagery, encouraging reflection on the unparalleled beauty of our natural world, and our tragic, but primary, role in its destruction. I hope to inspire a sense of joyful calm within small businesses and homes in the city, similar to that which can be achieved in nature as a reminder for the value of its conservation.
I am very grateful to Where Y'Art and the Nola Media Group for having me participate in the 300 for 300 project, highlighting remarkable people who have contributed to the beautiful place we all call home. I do all of these portraits in gouache on paper, using information gathered through research to include elements of each persons story in their portrait. It has been a fun and challenging journey so far and I look forward to working on this throughout the year.
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