Journal of the Motherhood Initiative Vol 4, No 2 (2013)

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Front Cover Artwork: Afuwa

Artist Statement: As a visual artist and creative community worker, I cannot divorce the part of me that makes art from the part of me that draws upon ancestry—of blood, spirit, and land—as a source of strength and connection across migrations. Those migrations are expressed and multiplied by the body we inherit/inhabit; by drawing upon that strength and connection, the body that is the site of insult can become the location of healing, of change. I use stories of loss, love, fear, and desire to explore themes of diaspora, belonging, othering, enslavement, indentureship, and colonization, focusing on the genetic memory that resists pop-culture erasures.