feature: live your life don’t sell your soul – guadeloupean visual artist anais verspan talks about her art
By Eye Candy
June 19, 2015
Meet Anais Verspan, a 35 year-old visual artist from Guadeloupe (French West Indies). She may be from a small island, but Anais possesses a deep soul and she is constantly looking for balance and self-fulfillment.
By Debbie Jonas, AFROPUNK Contributor
When we asked Anais about her art, this is how she responded :
“When talking about art, what matters the most – I think- is the genuineness of the artist, not his or her age. My exhibits ‘BigidiPlakata’, ‘Karata’ –t o cite a few – truly reflect my paintings. My inspiration is drawn from deep within myself. My inspiration is my story, my history, my culture, my people.”
“My ancestors have proven to be creative when they where able to dance the rhythm of the Gwo Ka*, as the only way to express themselves and to feel free. It is thus interesting, as an artist, to work from these codes.”
“The Guadeloupean carnival also plays an important role on my work. I love to see how these young people get inspired by their ancestry to create their choreography for carnival. This is a way of never forgetting how the slaves were mistreated by the masters (sugar cane or cotton plantations). We are artists. We do not reinvent a painful history. We write it our way!”
“We are artists. We do not reinvent a painful history. We write it our way! It is frustrating to limit myself to the past or to the present ; or to just fix hopes in some point in time. I live.”
To the Afropunk community she says : “Viv vi aw pa vann nanm aw! (Live your life and don’t sell your soul)”.
* Gwo Ka : name given to the drum and its rythm in Guadeloupe
Photo credits : Shanon Barro, IDLine Studio
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