I will be working out of state this week, and so will not be shipping or open for vistors at the gallery.   The Indigo Arts website will be active as always, I will respond to emails, and I will be able to ship orders after October 26th.

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Pierrot Barra

About the Artist

Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassaise at their shop in the Iron Market, Port-au-Prince. Photograph by Doran Ross, in Vodou Things: The Art of Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassaise, Donald Cosentino University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS, 1998.

Pierrot Barra (1942-99) worked with his wife Marie Cassaise, from Port-au-Prince’s Iron Market, Haiti, creating Vodou repositories from toys, fabric, glass, sequins, goats' horns, rosaries, costume jewelry, compact mirrors, Christmas ornaments, crucifixes, and other discarded materials.

His works were inspired by dreams sent by his divine mentor, the lwa or spirit Ogou, and were primarily intended to serve as ‘little altars’ for the diverse members of the Vodou pantheon. Syncretising West African spirit religions, with Catholicism and freemasonry, Vodou was covertly developed by slaves in Haiti, and was said to be a cohesive factor behind the revolution that secured independence for the world’s first ‘Black Republic’. Of all the Iwas, LaSiren, water manifestation of Ezili, holds the deepest affection for Vodou practitioners. Like Mami Wata in West Africa, and Iemanjá, her Brazilian and Cuban counterpart, she is associated with the Virgin Mary, as well as with mermaids and sirens. As explored in Barra’s work, her offerings often take the form of boats laden with flowers, perfumes and Barbie dolls, in recognition of the Atlantic Ocean’s duality as a site of both burial and death, and of fertility and rebirth. Barra lived and worked in Haiti.

from October Gallery exhibit information - May, 2007

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SKU: PBR-7

plastic "cabbage-patch" doll, sequins and beads on fabric
(24" x 14" x 9"), c.1990's Provenance: Private collection.
Current owner purchased in New York in 2004.

$ 1,800

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SKU: PBR-6

plastic doll, sequins, beads, fabric and trim on bottle
(18" x 7" x 7"), c.1990's Provenance: Private collection.
Current owner purchased in New York in 2004.

$ 850

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SKU: PBR-8

Sequins, beads, fabric and trim on bottle
(20" x 13" x 8"), c.1990's
Provenance: Private collection.
Current owner purchased in New York in 2004.

$ 575

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Vodou Sculpture/Bottle in Green - for Grand Bois
SKU: PBR-2

Sequins on fabric, doll parts, ribbon on glass bottle
(16 1/2" h. x 5" w. x 5 1/2" d.), 1993

$ 450

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SKU: PBR-3

Fabric, doll parts, ribbon on glass bottle
(13" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 7" d.), 1993

$ 350

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Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou

Donald Cosentino, Editor
With Essays by Susan Preston Blier, Robert Farris Thompson, Sidney Mintz, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique, Laennec Hurbon, Karen McCarthy, Mama Lola, Marilyn Houlberg, George Rene,Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick Polk, Tina Girouard, Randall Morris, Donald Cosentino
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Los Angeles, 1995

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$60