Library celebrates Diaspora artists
Through May 2016, the gallery of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will be continuing their “Art Through the Lens of Afro-French Caribbean Artists.” This special exhibit embraces the creative talents of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti, and comes to the library from E-Islands Art collection. The show highlights work of two island artists, painter Gilles Eugene from Guadeloupe and ceramic artists Mathilde Flambert Lamothe from Haiti.
Gilles Eugene, also known as “Goodÿ”, is a plasticien artist well known throughout Europe, including France, England, Spain, Portugal and Russia. He manipulates colors with dexterity and infuses into his paintings the passion, the fight and the rebirth of the people of his country. He calls his art, “The Goodism.”
Mathilde Flambert Lamothe is a well-known former minister of social and cultural life in Haiti. Through her ceramic masks and pots, she diffuses the sufferings of her people and shares her aspiration for them to find peace, compassion and social bonding in everyday life. Both artists are using their talents to help channel the chaos of the Caribbean culture into enlightenment and healing.
The exhibit is just part of the mission of E-Islands Art, is to provide a voice and an art data repository for the Caribbean islands, particularly the two French Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique which the founders feel are overlooked in the wider art scene of North America.