Close to Home (2022) explores themes of intergenerational identity through one’s relationship to home. The juxtaposing fabrics (velvet handmade durags and kitenge cloth) are representational of the duality of two worlds: our experience of Black North American communities and our cultural ties to Rwanda. Reflecting upon the process of immigration, integration, and socialization, this work looks at the mother and child’s intimate bond to one another and their conception of home. Dedicated to my mother, Close to Home welcomes the viewer into our narrative: a mother and daughter who journey together through balancing these two worlds that coexist within.
Close to Home, 2022
Kitenge fabrics, handmade velvet durags, acrylic paint on wood & steel wires
7 ft x 7.1 ft