The Strong Sister – article by Celina Colby

Jan 31, 2018

When artist — or as she thinks of herself, craftsman — Serena Janet Israel came to Curacao, she wanted to create a signature island art piece that reflected the local inhabitants and stood free of the negative history of colonization. What emerged was the Chichi®, a bodacious black female figure wearing brightly colored, painted-on clothing. “Chichi” in Papiamentu means “big sister” but the sculptures represent all strong female figures.

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