|Mythic woman with wings, leg of a bird and another of a shark,|
with additional protection of dogs looking in opposite directions:
this is the spirit of Luise Kimme overseeing the work of those like Dunieski Lora
who will keep her legacy alive.
|Among some of the larger sculptures in Luise's gallery in Mount Irvine|
|Lady with White Hat by Dunieski|
|Unfinished pieces by Luise|
|Mother with two children: small bronze by Luise|
|Small bronze by Kimme|
|Bunty O'Connor (middle) chats with Cuban artist Dunieski (left) and Luise's sister|
When she came to Tobago and sculpted her "larger than life"creatures of myth and fable - soucouyant, la diablesse, Papa Bois, Zandolie taking wife, Heel and Toe and Bele Queen, a pantheon of heroes - Luise Kimme defied the convention of her day. Why was she adoring and adhering to the human form in the way that she did? "Like Egyptians", she called the Tobagonians, with narrow waists and broad shoulders. Whatever Europe may have thought, she made Tobago stand taller and prouder. No doubt one day, many words will be written about the white lady with her chain saw and chisel. She may be compared with Gauguin for his work among the noble natives. Or classified with Minshall - whose work she adored - holding up the mirror so that we living in paradise could see ourselves.
|Original fretwork created by Luise|
|Patterned and crazy fretwork|
She spent a lifetime - over 30 years in Tobago - obsessed with this work. She let nothing get in the way. She worked all the time, even when she was in pain. She went through phases trying to make the work easier: fretwork and flat pieces using a jigsaw; painting murals on the Black Rock church; always drawing. She was certainly on to another phase with the small bronzes, that are nothing like her ten-foot people. Here are the textures and details allowed by working in more malleable materials which are then cast in metal.
She has left her mark in the landscape of Tobago, in the way we think of Tobago these days, and certainly in the way Tobago may think of itself. There's possibility here, quiet power, and pride. And at the last, Luise will have her place: "Later on, they will forget what colour I was."
|One of the Cuban musicians|
|From the Cuban nightclub|
|From the Cuban series|
|From the Cuban series|
|Luise's bronze horse with dog, cat and rooster: |
the musicians of her hometown Bremen?
|Do you see the human form hidden in this abstract?|