Many artists have muses, and painter Nixon Leger is no exception. But his muse—the plantain leaf—springs from the earth. It might seem like an odd choice, but for Leger, who grew up in Haiti where the banana-like fruit is a staple, it makes sense. “I fell in love with the plantain leaf as a child,’’ says Leger. “The leaves have different shapes and colors. I love when they grow long, then break and go back to the main trunk, starting over. It’s the cycle...
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