Last spring when I attended the reception for the 44th Annual International Louisiana WatercolorExhibition at the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans. I spent the weekend doing a self guided tour of the city. While wandering around the French Quarter I happened upon the tiny, quaint Voodoo Museum. It was so much fun, such a learning experience and a stroke of good luck, avoiding a downpour!
Upon entering the museum I was greeted by the proprietor, Voodoo Priest, with his baby pet boa constrictor around his neck leisurely petting it while checking guests in. The museum is a small, few room space, with more of a home-made display vibe, but very interesting nonetheless. I was enamored with all the accoutrementused for altar displays, and the offerings of money, Mardi Gras beads and a plethora of objects!
I was also fascinated to learn that the voodoo doll was originally used by doctors as their record keeping device for theirpatients. They would mark the doll with pins to remember one’s ailments and record treatments that were given. Not sure how it morphed into a curse device from there.
This paining, Do You Do Voodoowas inspired by my visit there. It will be available during the October Exhibition, “The Edge of Night,” at the 127 SoBo Gallery in Winter Garden, Florida.