We spent time in April 2016 interviewing some of the Rooster’s metal artists to learn more about their lives, inspirations, dreams for their city, selves.
We learned many things — including that employment choices for Haitians are kinda dismal. Haitians tend to “choose” jobs around a couple of things: where they live and anything that brings in money.
Even those who attend higher education (not many), may resort to metal art if they’re not able to find employment elsewhere.
Meet Gonzales Seignon:
Gonzales is 28 and was born in Carrefour, Haiti in an art community. Carrefour (epicenter of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake) is renown for painting and sculpting (wood and soapstone), and Gonzales began drawing early in life.
His Spanish grandfather, along with his Haitian wife, moved to Carrefour Haiti in the early 80’s. Gonzalez’s family settled in Croix des Bouquet several years later.
Gonzales’s shop measures a scant 12 x 13, and he employs 10 people when he receives large orders. “I know that art is my life — music, dance are my favorite things; metal art supports my family.”
But his dream is to be a doctor.
Being an art entrepreneur / owning his own company is challenging, “I never know if I’ll sell enough art this month to pay rent ($35 mo), buy materials and feed my family (2 parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother).”
His dream for Croix des Bouquet is to establish a learning center for artists and visitors. His personal dream is to visit the White House. We’re working on BOTH of those things.
Gonzales’ Mother Earth Tree of life is beautifully designed and hand crafted from an oil drum.
Singing Rooster features this 23″ piece in our Earth Day seedling fundraiser. Join us.