By Kaiser Louis
Art Winner of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
What first jumped out at us with “La Matrone” is its skillful use of texture. With deliberate linework and an instinctive vibrancy, this piece offers a stunning collage of personal and historical identity and a brilliant culmination of our theme “Synthesis.” Kaiser Louis’s conceptual process is truly exceptional. Surging Tide is honored to champion his work, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young artist. —Sophia Liu, Co-Managing Editor
La Matrone is a piece from MY AP portfolio. It's a drawing I did of a photograph of my grandmother buying her first car in America. She was not born here, but the picture was taken here - by utilizing Xerox images and a variety of other media, I was able to convey the overlap - the physical overlapping, mimics and mirrors the overlapping of history, culture and identity.
Kaiser Louis is a Haitian- American artist investigating his past. Using vintage photos of his family as inspiration, he prints said photos onto Clayboard and layers a variety of media on top - Charpak Markers, ink, colored pencils, watercolor, etc. His work is an exploration of how an individual’s cultural and personal identity are interlocked - one cannot be fully explored without considering the other.