The religious and spiritual references are usually abundant in Haitian art. Lissa uses a lot of the christian saints and vodou deities as a mean of projecting love and protection onto given issues, spaces, individuals. The Sacred Heart is a very commonly used imagery representing divine love. The name Tout Kè Sakre is in reference to that flaming heart and translates to “all hearts are sacred” highlighting the divine aspect of Love in itself. Not only that of “God”.
Not all of her pieces are specific references. Some simply reference the imagery or concept. This next piece is a fictional character she named Auntie Sismik; It is a reference to Haiti’s recent traumatic experience with earthquakes and other natural disasters her voluptuous shapes are intented to keep the ground stable in order to avoid aftershocks. The imagery is reminiscent of the goddess Erzulie, for she uses so many hearts and and references the concept of supreme protective feminine energy. This is a theme we both explore a lot both theorically and in imagery, that of female energy.
The image of the Madonna both in a Christian and a Vodou context is used with all its slight variations to refer to different feminine spirits. Below we can see a few her interpretation of the Vodou Queen Erzulie Dantor, from the Petro family. She is a female warrior spirit from Africa who’s protective intentions are particularly aimed towards the youth and women dealing with struggle and suffering. She is represented by the Black Madonna.The heart that symbolizes her is usually juxtaposed with a sword, her colors are a darker blue (or sometimes leaning towards turquoise) and also red, for she is a Petro spirit. Either one of these characteristics alone is usually enough to depict her.