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

%C2%A9 2015 Ren%C3%A9e Stout

Crossroads Marker with Little Hand, Reaching, 2015

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2016 Accession Highlight

Stout finds inspiration in African cultures to create art that encourages self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing in contemporary America. Throughout the African Diaspora, she finds inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing.

In this work, Stout transformed a found piece of wood into a boat, a symbol for the slave trade. At the same time, the boat is a vehicle for African symbols and beliefs that were carried, along with peoples, to America. The cross, for instance, is an important Kongo sign that refers to the crossroad between the world of the living and that of the ancestors and spirits – hence the work’s title.

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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