1. Sa mwen wè (2019) – hand-built low fired clay, oxides; 12 x 8 in.
2. Po Tet Helen (2019) – hand-built smoked fired clay, oxides, acrylics, fiber, animal bone, wax; 12 x 9 in.
3. Untitled (2019) – hand-built low fired clay, oxides, acrylics; 13 x 13 in.
Babette’s work is exhibited extensively. As a youth, she exhibited at the Centre d’Art of Port au Prince, Haiti. In the United States, her work has been shown in Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Washington D.C, Iowa, North Carolina, and Chicago. In Wisconsin, her paintings have been shown, both in solo and in group exhibitions, in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Spring Green, and in numerous venues around Madison.
In 1998 she discovered the pleasure and power of expressing herself with clay, making sculptures which are informed both by her African roots, and by the work of the pre-Colombian people of Haiti, the Arawaks. In 2000, she earned an MFA in Ceramics at the UW Madison. She has since been working in both mediums, using the female image as a vehicle for conveying her sense of uprootedness, and her spirituality.
© Babette Wainwright