DEVOTION is a collection of small works created as a result of my daily practice as a maker.
The proceeds from the sale of any work in this collection will go towards field research and learning opportunities to further my practice and education in genealogy, anthropology, and archiving.
DEVOTION 001-003 are inspired by my interest in the use of natural fibers within the ancient discipline of weaving. These pieces reflect the geography of the Foothills of the Western Piedmont Region in North Carolina and the Islands of Coastal Georgia, where I have spent most of my time over the past year.
I created DEVOTION 004 with the hope of evoking the tigress within me. This piece alone was a test of my endurance and flexibility to try something new and follow my intuition from beginning to end. Furthermore, I see it as a foreshadowing of the strength and tenacity I will need to solidify my path as a visual anthropologist and family archivist.
These days, I find myself drawn to natural hues that provide bold contrast. DEVOTION 005 allowed me to experiment with color and expand my practice with motifs. Many of the patterns I’ve been creating lately feel like they are coming from the thousands of indigenous designs I have immersed myself in over the last few years since transitioning into textiles.
I’m always amazed at how the subconscious manifests in the physical world. When I made DEVOTION 006, I was craving to be near water—craving to replenish myself. Any hue of blue drew me in, which was odd because it is so different from the colors I usually work with.
This summer, I’ve already spent more time by the water than I have in my entire life. It seems as if this piece was a foreshadowing for what was to come as I have spent the last few weeks learning about the Gullah Geechee natives of the Georgia Coast.
In light of my studies thus far, I decided to name this work “Ribba”, which means “River” in the Gullah language.