Haitian Art: Background information when reading What Storm, What Thunder

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What Storm, What Thunder

by Myriam J. A. Chancy

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Haitian Art

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In the back matter of What Storm, What Thunder, author Myriam J. A. Chancy cites paintings by Trinidadian artist LeRoy Clarke (who passed away in July 2021) as a major inspiration for her novel. Clarke created a cycle of nearly a hundred paintings about Haiti, many of them depicting the 2010 earthquake. Similarly, Chancy was moved to create fiction to immortalize the hundreds of stories that people told her about their experiences with this disaster. Other Haitians have explored the trauma surrounding the earthquake in visual art mediums.

Haitian art enjoys a long tradition inspired by cultural crosscurrents. Whether in museums, galleries, isolated rural studios or urban alleyways, Haitian art reflects a dynamic culture born of unique historic and geographic elements. Some artists blend traditional vodou themes with biblical iconography. Others depict agrarian and market scenes, or the island's vibrant flora and fauna.

Here's a quick look at some Haitian styles of art.

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