My painting, Naufrage (Shipwreck), is based on the Neptune ferry tragedy. On February 17, 1993, the heavily overloaded ferry on route from Jeremie to Port-au-Prince sank due to heavy wind and rain. It is estimated that the death toll from this shipwreck was about 1500 while about 300 passengers and crewmembers survived.
“Naufrage” depicts the reincarnation of the drown victims into mermaids. In my dreams, all those who die in the ocean are ultimately transformed into mermaids. The flying birds act as a connection from the dead to the living as mermaids are able to communicate words of encouragement and love to its loved ones through them. Maitre Agay(Master of Water) cannot even count the amount of Haitian mermaids we have. So many Haitians have died not only from the Neptune shipwreck but also from many overcrowded boats that Haitians use to flee out of Haiti in search for a better life. This painting commemorates the lives of all of the family and friends we lost. I believe that souls live forever . . . it never dies.
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