“Asunder I” incorporates an African wax print fabric that symbolizes "Afe Bi Ye Asiane" which, in Ghana, translates to each year has its ups and downs. In other parts of Africa, it’s known to symbolize advice mothers give to daughters and, thus, implies generational knowledge passed down, connection, and unity.
Asunder I is intended to invite consideration of the forced distance between and separation of families and loved ones, and the efforts (symbolized in the strands of beads or hemp which “bound” and “bind” the units together) to remain united. A duality of context is intentional. While this forced separation and distance is familiar in the context of the pandemic, the triptych is also an indictment of the historical, social, political, economic, and institutional forces that have divided, severed into pieces, torn apart families of color since the founding of this country. And, yet, there is hope that, despite physical distance, there is a lineage and heritage which persists and serves as a uniting force.
unframed; 5.25w x 8h x 1d; tweed, cotton, tulle, linen, hemp, natural stone, wood beads