Now, what do I mean by a melancholic feeling? Well, the one who understood that very well is Dr. Valerie Orlando who wrote the book "Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls" in 2003. As an admirer and collector of my work, she asked me to collaborate a painting for that book cover. I released to her the painting entitle "Rainbow woman".
Rainbow Woman was well fitted for her book because she is a multidimensional and multi-personality being. She encompasses all aspect of womanhood. Sister, lover, mother etc. She is a nation
or people maker, man maker. I myself was molded by my deceased sister from a few months old to the age of 7. She is
Rainbow Woman and many other paintings I painted over the years. I dedicated a page for her on the site, please look for it. You will find a goodbye letter written to me from her deathbed.
Even thou I looked at her as my mother figure when I was a kid. As grown up, she looked at me as her older brother. She used to tease me as her little big brother. Nothing makes me prouder than to have financed her trip to Mecca when she became a Muslim before she died. Years earlier she took me on a pilgrimage trip to Haiti in 1999 when we went to Saut D'eau, where I had one of the best time of my life.
Now back to the melancholic mood I mean to convey. The author Valerie Orlando localized her book on Francophone women who
lived thru colonization and revolutions and repressive regimes. But my approach and vision goes far wider and deeper. The woman image is just the vehicle but the tortured soul condition encompasses all but in different degrees, men included. In the developed countries it abounds as well, different form and more subtle but the result is not better even with material riches. Illusional freedom, women inequality, insecure men, lives completely empty, mental illness abounds everywhere. same disease different symptoms underneath the material wealth.
Keep in mind it is the behavior of the so-called superior and advanced countries who felt it was their duty without any invitation to invade the so call inferior savage countries that left those poor souls in that condition. The urge or duty not just to invade and conquer inferior people but to transform them into something alien from themselves,erasing their identilty, languages beleifs ect.... That urge is a greater disease. Dont you find hypocritical of how everything about us are savage including our lands, trees, animals, fruits, tropical air ect... But the inhuman savagery unleashed and distributed indiscriminately not just on us to take our place but on the animals, the trees, earth, water, air ect.. this unprecedented unbounded savagery is not recognized or even acknowledged. Have you ever see a decomposing deer on the side of the road? Price of human progress?......or is that represent a glimpse into something more sinister or unnatural . it is pure and simple opposition to universal order.
How does the proverb goes again? What good is it to conquer and gain the whole universe by material force yet forfeit the soul?
Dear tortured souls, take comfort in reading this in reverse.
From one tortured soul to another.
Joseph Cantave overseer and insurer of soul transformation and transportation.
In honor of my departed sister Sheerley Cantave surnamed 4 1/2 Ti Zemi.
This was the name given to her at birth by my father. that was how much she weight. She almost did not make it. In abandom farewell my father name her that name holding her. She was smaller than a palm of hand. Ti means little in Haitian creole and Zemi mean spirit in original Arawak pre columbian Haiti.