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Memories of Braided Lives Series

Memories of Braided Lives series is inspired by the book, Quilt Stories, edited by Cecilia Macheski. This series takes reference from the underlying themes of this book, “… exploring how quilts reflect women’s ways of seeing, remembering, knowing, learning, and expressing.” More specifically, this series explores Marge Piercy, American poet, activist, and feminist, poem entitled “Looking at Quilts.” Memories of Braided Lives series was envisioned from Piercy’s 5th stanza- 2nd and 3rd lines. While breathing life into the words of Piercy’s poem, this series further explores the rich history of quilts depicting stories and remembering the past. Through this investigation, I am examining the present, who a person is now, in comparison to the past, who a person once was. The past and present are intertwined within us, but what version of yourself has been forgotten?

Blossom Series

The Blossom series embodies a message of resilience, self-empowerment, and the transformative power of overcoming hardships. It encourages individuals to embrace their own identities, find strength in their experiences, and continue to grow and flourish.

Remember to choose 

            Happiness 

                        To not wither 

And to 

                                    Stand in your 

                        Power

Remember this is a 

            Choice 

                        One you must 

                                    Make

 

 

 

As you begin 

                        To blossom 

            Remember 

                                    It’s okay 

                        To wither 

At times but 

                                                Know

            You will always 

                        bloom

If you choose to 

I Know Why The Southern Black Girl Sang 

I Know Why the Southern Black Girl Sang, explores the themes of pain, triumph, and exclusion. This piece investigates the work of Degas, specifically his piece, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. In reviewing this piece, I am exploring the mistreatment of women, objectification, my own experience as a ballerina, as well as classical beauty. I Know Why the Southern Black Girl Sang, is additionally investigating the words of Maya Angelou; pulling inspiration from, “If growing up is painful for the southern black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.” This statement from Angelou, solidifies my upbringing in Georgia. The feelings and notions of not belonging and experiencing code switching. The constant presence of being told, “You’re too white,” “You can’t say that” “You are not black enough,” “can I pull/touch your curls,” and as the only black student in my high school history class, “if the topic of slavery makes you feel uncomfortable, you have permission to step out;” are just a few examples of growing up in a southern state. Despite the constant battle of finding my belonging and navigating the restraints women face, I Know Why the Southern Black Girl Sang, touches on the themes of triumph and allowing oneself to set you free of all the restrictions. No matter the location of your upbringing, as human beings, we have all faced restrictions or even prejudices to some degree. This piece gives all that have faced hardships the opportunity to set yourself free​

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