Meet Eugene Jacques, #Haitianartist
Singing Rooster is opening up markets for Haiti’s small producers, including metal artists in Croix des Bouquets. When you purchase unique pieces of upcycled oil drum art from Haiti, you’re directly helping artists put their kids through school (over 98% of schools in Haiti are private and require tuition). With unemployment in Haiti upwards of 70%, when a member of the family like Eugine has employment, it becomes his / her responsibility to pay tuition for nieces and nephews too.
Artists like Eugene, find creative ways to use discarded materials as components transformed into something beautiful. The unique BIG chief (spectacular one-of-a-kind art metal wall art) was made by Eugine from parts of an oil drum and other materials most consider trash. Silver colored rivets adorn the piece including oil drum cap earrings. Signed by the artist just below the mouth.
Eugenes’ metal wall sculpture, Dancer, is adorned with green marble eyes and Barbancourt earrings. The forks swing in the wind if you hang her outside.
How do Haitians turn oil drums into art?
- Cut off both ends of oil drum
- Stuffing drum with banana leaves to burn off residue
- Once cooled, slice down middle and pound flat to create canvas
- Draw design on metal with chalk
- Pound, snip, chisel, stipple. Done.
Artists often use toes to hold chisels and hammer at lightening speed- working so quickly, observers wince hoping no toes or fingers are smashed.
In the art districts of Haiti, especially Croix des Bouquet, artists sell handmade pieces for livelihoods including food, education, medical services.
By adding a piece Haitian art to your own unique collection or by sharing our fundraising program details with your church, school or other organizations, you’re helping Haiti’s small producers develop autonomy.