Je m’appelle Ferdinand. My name is Ferdinand.
This is a hollow mask with full back with holes for easily hanging on a secured, projecting screw on the wall. Laura handbuilt this piece and hand painted 3 layers of colored slip (wet clay) onto the surface as decoration. Beneath this the raw colored clay body is visible. The mask can hang outside, and it would prefer to exist in temperatures that are above freezing.
Laura Scariano created nine of these rooster wall masks in honor of the founding of New Orleans. She used names of some of the figures involved in the early days of the colony of New Orleans in the 1700s.
As a native New Orleanian, she noticed that so many of her fellow New Orleanians are rather fond of having roosters depicted in their kitchens. Is it because of our connection to France? The Gallic Rooster had always been a symbol of France, but Napoleon had replaced it with the eagle. Roosters as a symbol of France re-emerged as a result of the Three Glorious Days Revolution of 1830, prompted by the king’s July Ordinances of exclusivity and extreme censorship. The Duke of Orleans became France’s leader and put the rooster back on flags and uniforms.