Introducing the Summer Sirens, a mermaid themed art show by painters Amanacer and Jameson Martelly. Find us from June 26 to July 3rd at La Lorraine Boutique Hotel in Port-au-Prince for amazing art and free comedy shows from LOL Fest.Read More
Introducing a new workshop: Paint Yourself as a Mermaid. It's fun. It's free. You can download the guided workbook. Or join the in-person class in Haiti this Saturday April 21st.
If you know me at all, you know I've been painting mermaids since about the age of 10. It's been a way to create self-portraits, while hiding behind the mermaid's symbolic presence. Now it's your turn! What better way to spend an hour or two on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon than dreaming of your life as a mermaid? What symbols, superpowers or home would you paint?
Basic instructions on how to paint yourself as a mermaid can be downloaded at the link below for free.
Are you in Port-au-Prince, Haiti? The live workshop with guided instruction is happening this Saturday at Le Pinceau, in Complexe La Promenade in Petion-Ville.
To register for the in-person class this Saturday from 12:30-2pm in Petion Ville, please email LePinceauHT@gmail.com or call Joanne at +509 2813-1414. I can't wait to see you all!
No skill required
Six easy steps will take you from a basic outline to a singular painting, all your own.
Complete the workshop at home, for free!
You asked for it on Instagram, lovelies, so here you go. Here's the link to your very own free workshop PAINT YOURSELF AS A MERMAID to complete at home. Use it once; use it twice; but, above all, please use it. I hope it unlocks a new found creative threshold for you.
From leafy green Pacot, Haiti with art and excitement
Back by popular demand. Join me Sunday March 25th at the luscious Galerie Monin in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for an exclusive Sip & Pour Resin Class. Pure fun. Zero experience required.
This is Mandi before Mila.
I'm excited to share with you some captures from a new bohemian-luxe portrait series I shot from the heart. You see, two weeks ago I was distraught to learn my 9 month pregnant friend hadn't had a SINGLE non-iphone photo taken of her during her entire pregnancy. It just wasn't right! This beautiful, hard working babe deserved better, not to mention I wanted her daughter to have some special photos of her mama during that special time before she came to the world.
So I grabbed a few of my favorite bohemian looks from the "boho closet", snapped up my makeup brushes and zoomed over to Mandi's house. We had a lovely afternoon while her hubby barbequed with his buddies, and in the end I hope she'll always cherish these photos from one week before her firstborn transitioned from planet Mandi to join us on planet earth. Here's to numinous beginnings.
Such tenderness, in those last evening rays, whispering "Mila, Mila, Mila." Before she came to us, the liquid presence of her joy was already felt in a thousand tiny handshakes.
Mandi before Mila
This week Haitian it-girl Matti Dominque poses with my Urban Mermaid & Wishing Wall Mural, sparking others to share and post #WhatsYourWish? Or in Creole, #KisaOuSwete? Check it out!
Street Art: The Urban Mermaid & Wishing Wall
Artists: Amanacer (Emily Bauman) and Jerry Graffiti
Location: Exterior Wall of Le Plaza Hotel - Champs de Mars, Downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Find it at the intersection of 10 Rue Capois and Rue Saint Cyr before the hotel's parking lot entrance.
What's YOUR Wish for 2018?
This Christmas I took my Canon off the beaten bath, to the beaches that put most of the world to shame. Turks and Caicos' main island, Providenciales or "Provo" was just as inspiring this second time around and I have a feeling that some special art will come from this "time out" in paradise.
in Turks and Caicos Islands
This past weekend we brought a new piece of world-caliber street art to Port-au-Prince. A 5 day collaboration between Amanacer Art and Moise Jerry Rosembert "Jerry Graffiti", called "The Urban Mermaid and the Wishing Wall". If you'd like to visit, it's located at the corner of Avenue St Cyr and Rue Capois just off the Champ de Mars on the exterior wall of the historical Le Plaza Hotel. We like to think of it as not in the hood, but "hood adjacent".
Here are some shots, and a full reveal write-up below:
Thanks to everyone who came by to write their wish for 2018 on the wishing wall! We also wrote down the wishes that had been messaged to me from a special tribe located everywhere around the world from New York to Bali. Gotta love Instagram and Facebook for that.
One of the most interesting parts was the many a random encounters with passerbys on the street. To say the concept was novel and took a bit of explaining is an understatement. But the wishing wall is now full of wonderful words, and remarkably all the wishes generally fall into 2 categories:
1. wishes for more self confidence to make dreams happen
2. wishes for a better Haiti
Isn't that warm-and-fuzzy inducing?
The Urban Mermaid and Wishing Wall were created in the context of the 5th Ghetto Biennale Arts Festival "Cartographie de Port-au-Prince." The concept started from my desire to map the contemporary understanding of the Haitian vodou goddess "La Sirene" in the city and beyond.
And on a personal note...
When we first meet, people often assume that because I'm white, that I know little to nothing about Haitian culture. The truth is, a profound curiosity and need to understand has driven me since early childhood to independently study Haitian art and the religions like vodou that so strongly influence it. I was just seven years old when my family permanently relocated to Port-au-Prince. That's grade two. Kids can be cruel at any age, but as a very blond outsider I needed to quickly get up to speed, to learn creole, folklore dancing, ballroom dancing, and everything else about my environment to adapt. For me art was a natural fit, and some of my very earliest representations were of veve symbols off my household gate, and the mermaids I heard were seen swimming in the seas around Les Cayes and the rivers of Jacmel.
Why the mermaid obsession? Did I watch The Little Mermaid one too many times? It's not that simple. Mermaids, for me, beyond the sensual freedom, luck and feminine power they represent also a symbol of yearning. You see, mermaids need no passport to travel the world. They intrinsically belong to a single home in the sea, and no one would ever question their nationality, or ask "where are you from?" If only that would be the case for me.
I think, looking back, there were a lot of wonderfully elements to the mermaid archetype and the Haiti-specific mystical representations of LaSiren that drew me to her. The element of freedom from constraint of cultural specificity, of being at home in the deep, that feeling of escape into the deep, they all inherently and forever bind me to her flowing tresses. I've gotten more at home in my own culturally complex skin these past 3 years. Coming home to Haiti, and claiming my own sense of self has had a lot to do with that.
When it comes to street art and film, this is my very first project. It's a declaration of what I'd like to deep-dive into on the creative front and how I can stretch my outer limits. Besides Jerry, who'se been doing street art for 15 years, I'm grateful to be collaborating with Moise Pierre (film maker), Luc Segur (documentary expert from Muska group) and Isabelle Vasquez (writer/journalism) in bringing La Siren Urbaine to life thus far.
Here's the Master Plan:
1. Creating the Mural in collaboration with Jerry Graffiti
2. Gathering stories, interviews, photographs and artifacts
3. Releasing a Film and Coffee Table Book "The Blue Book" - Mermaids Myths, Art and Sightings in Haiti
The film that comes out of our interviews is still taking form in my imagination but the answers we've received to our mermaid-related questions are fascinating! They range from everything to "No, I don't believe in mermaids" to "Yes, in my family we have an affinity to the mermaid goddess and my great-grandmother was taken down to the depths by La Sirene before she was released to us 3 days later. Plus she came back with a sea-shell encrusted comb." Now that's a story.
Until next post, thanks for being here and don't hesitate to leave your comments below!
Happy holiday season to you and yours,
Paint your wish
Amanacer + Jerry Graffiti present a special art event
What's more exhilarating than doing something for the first time? Something fun, that you think you secretly might be good at? That was my experience on this project.
This interactive mural is part of the official program for the Ghetto Biennale 2017 Arts Festival, happening between Dec 11-17 in Port-au-Prince Haiti. It's situated on the exterior wall of Le Plaza Hotel, who kindly sponsored the artwork.
The Amanacer Art concept for "La Sirene Urbaine" was executed in collaboration with local superstar Jerry Graffiti who has only recently thrown off the cloak of anonymity after 15 years.
PRESS RELEASE (English follows)
La Sirène Urbaine et le Mur de Souhaits –
Dévoilement de la fresque murale et l’art participative d’Amanacer
Venez ajouter vos souhaits et désirs sur une mural vivante! Rencontrez une sirène urbaine et posez pour une photo avec elle. Participez à un tournage d’un film sur les mythes de sirènes et ‘Simbi » en ayiti.
On vous donne rendez-vous devant Le Plaza Hotel Ce vendredi 15 décembre dans la matinée et samedi 16 décembre après-midi, pour ces activités culturelles autour du Mural « La Sirène Urbaine ». C’est une nouvelle collaboration entre l’artiste peintre Canadienne-Haitienne Amanacer (Emily Bauman) et Jerry Graffiti.
La Sirène Urbaine et le Mur de Souhaits font partie des activités du festival d’art Ghetto Biennale 2017, le 11-17 décembre 2017. Venez nombreux avec vos souhaits et souries (activités gratuites).
Location : 10 Rue Capois à Champs de Mars (mur extérieur du Hotel Le Plaza)
Heure : 9h-12pm vendredi le 15 décembre et 12-5pm samedi le 16 décembre
Parking sécurisé disponible sur place à Le Plaza Hotel.
The Urban Mermaid and Wishing Wall -
Unveiling of the mural and participative Amanacer Art project
Come and paint your wishes and desires on a living mural. Meet the Urban Mermaid and pose for a photo with her lovely self. Or participate in the filming of a video on mermaid myths and legends in Haiti.
You’re officially invited to take part in these events in front of Le Plaza Hotel, this Friday December 15th in the morning and Saturday December 16th in the afternoon. The new “Urban Mermaid” mural is a collaboration between Canadian-Haitian painter Amanacer (Emily Bauman) and widely renown street artist “Jerry Graffiti.”
The Urban Mermaid and Wishing Wall are created as part of the Ghetto Biennial 2017 Arts Festival happening from December 11-17 in Port-au-Prince. Come one, come all, with your wishes and your smiles (all activities are free).
Location: 10 Rue Capois at Champs de Mars downtown (exterior wall of Le Plaza Hotel)
Time: 9am-12pm Friday 15 December and 12-5pm Saturday 16 December 2017. Secure parking available in the hotel parking lot.
P.S. Here is an excerpt from the Ghetto Biennale Artist Biography. A special thanks to Leah Gordon and Eugene:
"The urban space of Port-au-Prince has a new and fascinating impact on traditional legends, magic, and storytelling. Canada-born, Haiti-raised visual artist Amanacer and Haitian street artist Jerry Graffiti will explore the question "How do rural expressions of magical rituals, and knowledge get translated into Port-au-Prince’s urban consciousness?" This question will be explored through the creation of an interactive mural that elicits the stories around a particular magical being: the voudou mermaid goddess LaSirenn. LaSirenn's religious significance in contemporary vodou, her magic, and everyday encounters in urban consciousness of Haiti will be explored through a week-long project "LaSirenn Urbaine."
Contact Info for Media
Name: Emily Bauman « Amanacer »
Website : Amanacer.ca
On October 21st 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting two more Sip & Pour Resin Art classes at Magdoos Restaurant in Petion,Ville Haiti. With help from Isabelle, we taught 22 lucky ladies (and 1 charming Brazilian gentleman) from 7 countries how to create their own resin art masterpieces. Once again, I was impressed by how freakin unique and individual each creation turned out. After just 2 hours they went home with gallery quality art. But don't take my word for it, just check out the photo evidence below!
Thank you again to our generous hosts, the Mahfoud family at Magdoos Restaurant in Petion Ville. Your bohemian-Lebanese garden space and generous staff made this Sip & Pour event all the more memorable for us.
Are you interested in hosting a Sip & Pour event at your home in Haiti over the holidays? Just email HelloAmanacer@gmail.com and start gathering a group of 6-15 adults together to get the party rolling.
Much love to you all,
Introducing the next Sip & Pour resin class on October 21st! Zero experience is required to create a resin art masterpiece. With an intimate class size and expert instruction from Amanacer (Emily Bauman) you're guaranteed to have fun and walk away with your own work of art. $75 all inclusive class fee, with bubbles and all the art supplies required. Click here for registration and full event information in Haiti.Read More
What's your aesthetic? Could you sum it up in two or three words? Regardless of your style, I believe that paintings, sculpture, books and photography are what give a home its soul. Below is a sneak peek into some corners of my home-studio that embody my tropical boho-luxe aesthetic.
With the advent of social media and online inspo galore, we can all become the curators of our dream spaces. That's one of the sensibilities behind my friends at Volver Art, who believe life should be a living work of art. What a gorgeous idea, non!?
In my world, creole and art are the two healing balms that explain everything without words. Finding a sense of belonging comes down to my accent and what comes out of my paintbrush. I recently confided this in a bare-all interview I recently did with Volver Art. They wrote:
"Through her art, Emily aims to create a sense of belonging. There is a sense of differences being reconciled across her body of work. In her words, “Rich, mythical creatures from opposing traditions find a home on the same canvas.” She creates her own mythical world, replete with its own symbols and meaning. Emily’s sensibilities speak to art’s ability to cut across differences in traditions and bring people back together. They also give pause for thought about art’s capacity to make people feel at home."
Sarah, of Volver Art has a beautiful way with words, and I love that she aims for "poetry not perfection." For the full in-depth interview and more of Volver Art's coverage of artists, you can check out their page here!
The first ever resin art “Sip & Pour” event is finally happening in Port-au-Prince. Put aside your to-do list for a Saturday to experience the fun. You’ll be pouring resin into a custom frame and walking away with a gallery quality art piece. Zero experience required. Did I mention bubbles are included?
Sign up today for one of two time slots. Very limited spaces to create a tailored experience.
When: Saturday, Sept 30th12pm (10 people) or 3pm (10 people)
Where: Magdoos Restaurant in Petion Ville, Haiti.
Why: Forget about your to-do list this Saturday and try something new! Come with your friends, sister, your partner or just you and your sense of adventure.
You can sign up through the form in this blog post OR email HelloAmanacer@gmail.com
xx Amanacer (Emily BaumanRead More