New Orleans artist John Geldersma's "Spirit Poles" are usually made of aspen, paint and varnish, suggesting an inherently potent, but unarticulated meaning. These were created in 1993 and measure 9 x 3 ft. and 6 x 10 ft. Learn more »
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New Orleans-born artist John Geldersma has assembled a body of work over his forty-year career, much of it based out of Lafayette, that can perhaps best be described as spiritually symbolic totems. His Spirit Poles are carved, smooth, minimalist, vertical, wooden poles with tapered ends, usually three or more feet long, some on bases. Made of aspen, many are banded with bright painted colors, suggesting an inherently potent but unarticulated meaning.
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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "John Geldersma." In KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowla.org/entry/1257/&view=summary.
Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "John Geldersma." KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sept 2012. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.