Aug 2 - 29, 2017
Hosted in partnership with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
HEIRLOOMS installation is a reflection on my legacy, heritage and identity. The work depicts a celebration of my life, the influences and my journey as a textile artist and designer. It pays homage to my mother Hazel Veronica Beckett who passed in October 2013, whose life’s work as a dressmaker made an indelible impact on me. As a child I used to watch my mother sew and I was fascinated by how she would get a plain piece of fabric one day, and the next day it would be transformed into beautiful garment; I thought this was magical, and I wanted to create magic just like her. This installation celebrates who I am and what I have received as an inheritance - not as material objects - but as a legacy enshrined in everything textiles. It celebrates my gifts and talents as well as the memories I have shared with my mother: our trials, our tears, our laughter and the emotions which were often unspoken.
The overall concept of the space represents a combination of patterns, forms, colours and contrasts, which together create a kind of wonderland – my happy place. After my mom’s passing I inherited one of her most prized possessions - a hand bag - not much for an inheritance, but for me it is significant - as the only physical possession that still joins me to her and commemorates her memory. The female figures are the guardians and testators of the legacy. The fibre balloons represent the intangible possessions such as memories and experiences; in some instances all we inherit from our loved ones are treasured memories. The cracked pattern on the flooring represents a common ground - the fragility of our current existence. The repetition of circular forms reflects the perfect continuum of ritual that connects the past to the present, and the present to the future.