Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2010
9:07 AM E.T.
Flo McGarrell, Artist.
JACMEL, Haiti—The artist Flo McGarrell, 35, had wanted to come here since he was 11 years old, when he saw a film about Haitian voodoo.
That desire became a reality several years ago, when Mr. McGarrell traveled here as a videographer. He wrote his parents: 'I've come home!'
In 2008, he moved to this seaside city as the director of a nonprofit art center, FOSAJ. Summers were mostly spent in Newbury, Vt., where his parents live and where he could work in his studio and garden in peace.
In Jacmel, it was the opposite. The art center, a former coffee warehouse where he also lived, teemed with students and friends. That made the art produced there collaborative, he once told an interviewer. Mr. McGarrell's creative output ranged from inflatable sculptures to a film about a 1921 Soviet uprising. The film, 'Maggots & Men,' featured transgender actors.