We the people: matter most

55”x 40” 2016

I assembled “We the people: matter most” from more than one hundred and seventy scraps of African wax, Kente, Batik and tie and dye fabrics, to interpret the traditional United States flag as a symbol that celebrates the diverse communities in the U.S. that I meet through my story circles, all of whom have a migration story. The new symbol honors and tells a story of the marginalized, immigrants, particularly women, whose labor and impact go unacknowledged.”

My interactive process demonstrates a commitment to community, self-love and appreciation, and cultural and historical references, informed by a complex view of the African and African American experience.