Water Spirits: La Sirena, La Sirene, Agoué, Yemaya, Yemanja, Oshun, La Caridad, Matasya, Mamy Wata and Assorted Fish-Tales

July 18, 2020

 

July is hot here in the northern hemisphere, all the more so in this age of global grilling.  Most of us are looking for cool water to dip in.  A good time to celebrate the vast array of water spirits that splash about in our collective unconscious.  Those fish, nymphs, mermaids, mermen and assorted water spirits figure in the art of most cultures, not least in the ones featured here at Indigo Arts.  
In Haiti there are two lwas or spirits of the sea, La Sirene and her consort Agoué, depicted in recycled metal sculptures by Serge Jolimeau and Kesnard Thermidor, paintings by Payas and Gerard Fortuné, and drapo Vodou or Vodou flags by Evelyn Alcide, Roudy Azor, Mireille Delice and others.
Fish tales abound in Africa, from Nigeria to Tanzania.   In Nigeria the Yoruba orisha, the sea deity Oshun shares the stage with the widely followed Mami Wata (Mother of the Waters).  Mami Wata (usually depicted in the guise of an East Indian snake-charmer!) has in turn traveled to Haiti and become associated with the lwa Ayida Wedo as well as La Sirene.  
In India the mermaid goddess Matasya maintains her composure amidst the monsters of the sea.  
In Cuba, the orisha of the sea is Yemaya, and Oshun appears as the Virgen de la Caridad, matron saint of Cuba.  She even appears in Haiti on a drapo Vodou by Georges Valris.
In Brazil she appears in José Francisco Borges' woodcut prints as Yemanjá, Iemanjá or Sereia.
La Sirena
 and el Sireno abound in Mexican sculpture, paintings and prints. They are found in Peru, both living and late.   And of course they are honored in the art of our LatinX community.

Gerard Fortuné
SKU: GF-1407

(Port-au-Prince)
Oil on canvas (23 1/2" x 15 1/4"), Framed.
c.2010

Sale: 
$0
$575 Framed
La Sirene Contemplating a Forlorn Landscape
SKU: DNB-1402

La Sirene Contemplating a Forlorn Landscape
Danice Bordes (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on canvas (22" x 18"), c.1986
Ex. collection of Jonathan Demme. purchased in the Iron Market, early 1990's. Conserved by Leon Sevilla. Exhibited/Illustrated; Island on Fire, plate 33, page 61; Allegories of Haitian Life - Bass Museum, page 78.
Framed

Sale: 
$0
$550 framed
Siren's Song
SKU: ABRD-1001

Eleven-color silkscreen.  22 1/2" x 16 1/4" image on 29 x 22" sheet.   Printed at Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas.  Serieprint, Inc., MexicArte Museum,   #25/50, June, 2003

Sale: 
$0
$500
La Sirene and Damballa Vodou Banner
SKU: MD-1501

(Port-au-Prince)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 21 1/2"),
c.2014
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Sale: 
$0
$475
La Sirene X
SKU: SJ-1504

Serge Jolimeau (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (35" x 12 1/2"), c.2015

Sale: 
$0
$475
La Sirene - Vodou Flag
SKU: MD-1801

"La Sirene" Vodou Flag
Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (17" x 17"),
c.2013
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Sale: 
$0
$425
"La Sirene" Vodou Flag
SKU: MD-1303

"La Sirene" Vodou Flag
Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (17 1/4" x 16 3/4"),
c.2013
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

Sale: 
$0
$425
Dambalah - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1501

 Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (15 1/2" x 18 1/2"),
c.2005
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

 

Sale: 
$316
$395
Musica Sentimental de La Vida Cosmica
SKU: RVG-95142

(San Antonio, Texas)
Serigraph (30 x 22), #42,95,97/100 available, 1995

Sale: 
$0
$300
Les Sirenes
SKU: MRR-1004

Recycled steel oil-drum
(23 1/2" d. ), c.2010

Sale: 
$0
$ 275
Bringing in the Fish
SKU: TT1317

Jan., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm)

Sale: 
$0
$250
Mamy Wata #3
SKU: TF-1902

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

Sale: 
$225
$225
Mar Tierra Aire (Sea, Land & Air) Small Retablo
SKU: PRTB-102-sm

Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(10" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 2 1/2" d.)

Sale: 
$180
$225
Sea Monster
SKU: ANB-1606

Anil Bariya - Bhil People, Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
Acrylic on paper
(11" h. x 15" w. )

Sale: 
$0
$195
La Sirena con Guitarra - Santo
SKU: PGSTO-02

Javier Gonzalez (Aza, Huancayo, Peru), 2010
Painted carved maguey wood sculpture .
(9" h. x 3 1/2" w. x 2 1/2" d.)
Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Details may vary.

Sale: 
$0
$195
Haidah Wedo (Mamy Wata) - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1602

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (42" x 32"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

Sale: 
$2,500
$2500
Product Status: 
Sold
Le Lion de Mer II
SKU: SJ-1501

Serge Jolimeau (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (23 1/2" x 39 1/2"), c.2015

Sale: 
$0
$750
Product Status: 
Sold
Las Sirenas Bajo el Mar (Under the Sea) Retablo
SKU: PRTB-118

Claudio Jimenez Quispé (Peru), 2016/2017
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(10" h. x 12" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

Note:  Due to their fragility we can no longer ship these retablos out of the U.S. except by special arrangement.  Custom art-handler packing and shipping required.  Please inquire for estimate.

Sale: 
$0
$700
Product Status: 
Sold
Oshun Festival
SKU: ISF-1805

Ishola Folorunso.  Oshogbo, Nigeria c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 1/4" h x 16 1/8"w)

Sale: 
$0
$475
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: SJ-1402

Recycled steel oil-drum
(23 1/2"d.), c.2014

Sale: 
$0
$ 375
Product Status: 
Sold
Matasya Kanya (mermaid with lotus and fish)
SKU: MHXD-1902

Madhubani, Bihar, India
2018
Ink on paper (10 1/2" x 7 1/4" on 11 3/4" x 8 1/4" sheet).

Sale: 
$225
$225
Product Status: 
Sold
La Sirena con Sandia
SKU: JL-2007

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019/2020

Sale: 
$65
$65
Product Status: 
Sold
La Sirena
SKU: ATZPA-1802

Blanco Family, Santa Maria Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico, c.1970's.
Fired clay figure.
(7.5” h. x  6” w. x 3” d.)

Sale: 
$0
$58
Product Status: 
Sold
La Sirena with Mandolin - Retablo Ornament
SKU: PSNA-12

2019
Painted plaster sculpture (with loop on back for hanging as an ornament).
(3 1/4" h. x 5" w. x 1 1/4" d.)

Sale: 
$36
$36
Product Status: 
Sold
La Sirena with Lei - Retablo Ornament
SKU: PSNA-15

Painted plaster sculpture (with loop on back for hanging as an ornament).
(4" h. x 3" w. x 1 1/4" d.)

Sale: 
$36
$36
Product Status: 
Sold