We rumbled into a narrow street and parked in a Havana neighborhood to observe children making whimsical fun papier-mache’ art. The children and volunteer teachers were underneath a canopy directly on the street, making it even narrower for traffic that we quickly learned to dodge. (Anna has trained us well.)
The rambunctious, spirited artiste with dred-locks bouncing educated us about the art project with a booklet filled with photos and stories about the accomplishments…Tony called it a “hard-copy powerpoint.” The artiste’s passion was evident as he even swayed and bobbed with the flow of his Spanish as Anna interpreted. (Anna and Danny would take turns interpreting at each tour spot.) He explained that the group would join other artists and dancers for various events around the city. The daily newspaper was used to create the papier-mache’ creatures, large and small and we watched the children working as he educated us on the project. To our delight the children had created a crayon drawing for each of us to take home with us! He invited us into his studio/home for a visit. The front of the home was covered in creative inspirations from the artiste, as well as the walls inside. I will try to describe the indescribable…montaged, collaged, and printed art filled every square inch. Found objects de arte, such as discarded old TV screens, old telephones, metal objects, and those whimsical papier-mache’ creatures filled all the rooms. Tony and I gave the artiste postcards from Oklahoma…in hopes he would incorporate them into his art. He was delighted!