Spirit House is a monochrome black sculpture in the form of a simple wooden dwelling decorated with objects and words relating to religion, pop culture, and music. The structure recalls the praise houses on Southern United States plantations that enslaved African people built for themselves as spaces for gathering and worship. The unfurnished interior allowed congregants to form a circle and stomp and shout in a ritualistic act of resistance known as the Ring Shout. “I’m really interested in the transference of African spiritual practice to Christianity and the kind of journey it took,” says Jan Wade. She adds that this place of worship “isn’t exactly just a Christian thing but it’s also a very African thing. It’s that transmutation of going from here to there.” The buttoned Haitian bowl atop the praise house—filled with objects such as a skull, hands, and a cross—resembles a (slave) ship, alluding to the forced migration of African peoples as part of the transatlantic slave trade.