When I look back through the traditions of my family I see the invisible artistry of people who claim they “can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.” What is this creativity bubbling underneath us all? Why can we not place it even when it is in-between the very patches that we sew? This question is what I bring to the surface of my dishes, while their forms hold the symbolic provision and labor of my family’s mothers. Researching the roles of women in my family and taking away their physical representations leaves the objects they are remembered by. It was here I found the stereotype. How will our loved one’s remember us? All they will have are memories and the connections they developed between ourselves and the objects associated with our surroundings.
2018 Photos by Louise Mandumbwa