BIRTHRIGHT

I have work in BIRTHRIGHT: journeys of reconnection which gently opened at Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol UK yesterday.

All of the artwork is so beautifully hung. My textile work and Jasmine Coe‘s paintings speak to each other in different voices about similar stories. There is a very good interview/article in Bristol Magazine.

This is such an amazing opportunity to share my artwork with a wider audience. Those of you who have been reading my blog for the past several years will know that it has been quite a journey for me, not only to make my Mvskoke Journey body of artwork, but to find the courage to share it with the world.

There was a steady stream of visitors and l was able to talk and listen to 1-2 people at a time throughout the afternoon. A lot of my work is quiet and subtle and many-layered. People said they liked being able to hear the stories behind it.

I was so moved by the tears of a woman from Myanmar whose grandfather was Armenian. She was so interested in the symbolism of the gorgets and she saw the dance in the looped square.

Suncircle, machine embroidery & applique on linen, 52 x 52 cm

One paradox l have learned about becoming an artist is that the more personal my work is, the more deeply it touches and awakens the stories of others. Our stories are universal and l am grateful for the shared language of art and poetry.

I do hope that those of you in the UK will be able to visit the exhibition.

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