wall hanging/relief; boat-shaped element at bottom with white on right side and red on left side and a cross inside a circle in black pigment at center; loop of thick wire at top with partial grid made of thinner wires; child-sized black three-dimensional hand hanging from loops of wire at top right; bulbous element in brown with encrustations at top attached on lower left with wire

© 2015 Ren%C3%A9e Stout

Crossroads Marker with Little Hand, Reaching, 2015

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Renée Stout transformed a found piece of wood into a boat, a symbol of the slave trade. At the same time, the boat is a vehicle for African symbols and beliefs that were carried, along with people, to America. The cross, for instance, is an important Kongo sign that refers to the crossroads between the world of the living and that of ancestors and spirits—hence the work’s title. Stout finds inspiration in African cultures to create art that encourages self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing.

Details
Title
Crossroads Marker with Little Hand, Reaching
Artist Life
born 1958
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.2
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wall hanging/relief; boat-shaped element at bottom with white on right side and red on left side and a cross inside a circle in black pigment at center; loop of thick wire at top with partial grid made of thinner wires; child-sized black three-dimensional hand hanging from loops of wire at top right; bulbous element in brown with encrustations at top attached on lower left with wire

© 2015 Renée Stout

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