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March 2017
Vol. 36 No. 2

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Renee Stout: Formal Divination
by A.M. Weaver
Renee Stout, Ezrulie's Mirror The quiet nuances on the surface of Renee Stout's work are just the tip of the iceberg, though the subterranean rumblings may be hard to decipher without a fundamental knowledge of Yoruba, Vodoun, and Hoodoo culture. Stout's metaphors are steeped in mysticism and the undercurrents of a spiritual world made material. Her sculptures, installations, and two-dimensional works spanning three decades reinterpret aspects of belief systems culled from the Congo, West Africa, Haiti, and New Orleans and reconfigure those ideas through a personal iconography. Systems of divination and conjuring, as well as her personal deities and their related signs and symbols, are subsumed into thoughtprovoking works designed to conceal as much as they reveal. When I first I entered Stout's home studio three years ago, the parlor was almost completely white. My eyes gravitated to a huge fireplace and a shelf laden with bottles of perfume, some empty and others containing remnants of scent. The attractiveness of the vials might explain their presence in such abundance, but I saw vestiges of Oshun, Yemaja, and Oya. ...see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.

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Erzulie's Mirror (The Crying Mirror), 2013. Wood, gold and silver leaf, Rhinestones, Plexiglas, fabric, and synthetic rubies, 33 x 25 x 4 in.

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