So, anyway, the biggest thing that I noticed was the detail that I hadn't seen before in the drapos. Looking at them on the projector in class does no justice to them. All of the intricate details with the sequins and beads is very impressive. I brought a friend along with me and we kept marveling at how much time and effort that would need to be put into these. My friend, who had never(knowingly) seen Haitian Art before asked me why they would put so much effort into these objects. I felt very knowledgeable when I explained to her that these were religious objects used for rituals and honoring the Lwa.
I personally enjoyed the sculptures from Haitian Art. I'm someone who tends to be drawn to three-dimensional objects (interestingly enough since my emphasis is graphic design). My friend and I both noticed the use of birds through most of these sculptures. I was not able to remember what the birds signified and was unsuccessful in finding what they mean. I do remember that the use of snakes often refer to Danbala. Danbala is a deity that is often related with water and wisdom. Crossroads are often used in Drapos as well, of course symbolizing the connection between the afterlife and this world.
As much as an "adventure" this trip was, I really was bummed that I was sick because I was not able to focus and appreciate the art as well as I would have liked to. I have decided that in the future I want to go back to look at the Haitian exhibit as well as the rest of the arts center so that I am able to take the time that I would like to and absorb all the art has to offer. Especially the kids area! That looked really fun.