Lot 134: Lionel St Eloi, Serpent Figural Wall Sculpture of “Aydia Weddo” of Aluminum, Glass, and Mirrors
22 October 2016
St. Augustine, FL, USALive Auction
Description: This is a Vintage Listed Artist, Lionel St Eloi, Serpent Figural Wall Sculpture of “Aydia Weddo” made of Aluminum, Glass, and Mirrors. This piece measures a little over 7 feet long. There is one piece of mirror that is loose and needs to be adjusted. This wonderful piece comes from the Rhodes-Nadler Collection, and this is the first opportunity that several of the pieces from this collection are being offered for sale to the public. St. Eloi was born in 1950 in Port-au-Prince. He is a product of the art movement known as "Poto-Mitan" where he painted, played music and danced. He is one of the more eccentric and interesting Haitian artists. His paintings are always unique and sometimes monumental and his sculptures, usually tin or aluminum with brass trimming and perhaps incorporating beads, glass and mirrors, are phantasmagorical. They are usually religious representations, either Vodun or Christian. He also has been known to make Vodou flags and still plays in a musical combo. He lives in a small but tall house on top of a hill on the Rue Lionel St. Eloi in Kafou Fey. His paintings are scarce these days. The Fon people of Benin believe the rainbow snake Ayida-Weddo, created to serve Nana Buluku, held up the heavens. The creature had a twin personality as the red part of the rainbow was male, while the blue part was female. She is portrayed as a narrow green snake. Like Dambala, she lives in the sky as well as in all the trees, springs, pools, and rivers. In some West African mythology, Mawu the creator sent down Adanhu andYewa from the sky with the rainbow serpent Ayida-Weddo. Please view the photos, or in person carefully to determine the age, condition, and quality of this lot. Please Note: All items are sold As-is, Where-is, with no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied. We DO NOT offer Refunds, Returns or Exchanges. All sales are Final. We want you to be happy with your purchases, so please preview the items carefully before bidding. We do our best to describe items, but it is your responsibility to determine accuracy, authenticity, condition, age, quality, etc. If you are not certain about an item, please do not Bid without satisfying your concerns beforehand.