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Devil in Casket with She Devil and Evangelist

ca. 1991 Sulton Rogers Born: Oxford, Mississippi 1922 Died: Oxford, Mississippi 2003 painted wood overall: 20 x 15 3/4 x 10 in. (50.8 x 40.0 x 25.4 cm.) A (devil): 1 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 29.8 x 5.7 cm.) B (casket open): 4 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 7 in. (10.5 x 40.0 x 17.8 cm.) B (casket closed): 3 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 5 in. (8.9 x 40.0 x 12.7 cm.) C (she devil): 14 x 9 x 3 3/4 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 9.5 cm.) D (evangelist): 14 x 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (35.6 x 14.6 x 9.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.81A-D Not currently on view


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Sulton Rogers took up carving to entertain himself while working the night shift at a chemical plant in New York. Upon discovering that people were stealing his handiwork while he was not around, he decided to see what would happen to a carving of a deceased man in a coffin. No one took it. From then on, Rogers thrived on creating macabre, quirky pieces drawn from his dreams. His fanciful, sometimes grotesque figures often humorously blend African American folk beliefs and religious icons. The she-devil, whom Rogers called a "haint" (ghost), and the evangelist are recurring characters in his work.

Keywords

Ethnic - African-American

Occupation - religion - preacher

Religion - Satan

State of being - death

sculpture

folk art

adhesive - pressure-sensitive tape

metal

paint

wood

About Sulton Rogers

Born: Oxford, Mississippi 1922 Died: Oxford, Mississippi 2003

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