This is the matriarch - she represents the heart of our family - my grandmother, great grandmother, great great great...and so on.
She's a strong, motherly, loving, brave, feminine, beautiful black woman who raises up the family and leads by example. She wears a crown on her head, armor on her heart, and has an open mouth stretched wide because this woman shares her wisdom with those she loves, passing down the stories, the legacies from previous generations to the next one. Also, her mouth is open because she can't be silenced. She's the heart of the family.
I'm very close to my Grandmothers, especially my Grandma Josie. I wasn't able to meet them all before they passed on but something in my soul knows who they are, and I carry them with me so she represents them all.
About Liberty Worth & "Where We Have Been & Where We Hope To Be"
Liberty Worth is a native of Los Angeles- a city of grit, diversity and great natural beauty. Influenced by the power of art and nature to soothe trauma and bring peace, she creates works that reflect natural wonder and quiet beauty from both new and discarded or repurposed materials. Where We Have Been and Where We Hope to Be is her current series of quilts created as a meditation on grief, hopes, and history in response to the murder of George Floyd and protests in 2020. She constructs these quilts using scraps of African fabrics in simple blocks.
She extended this practice and created a series of videos and materials from her own work and some of the materials from the Inbreak Residency - and pitched it to a small diverse group of friends and colleagues. The participants created works of their own. Each went through the steps of learning the materials (Session 1), mapping their heritage (Session 2), honoring their grief (Session 3) and investigating hope (Session 4). Digital artists turned the project digital, writers wrote profound statements and visual artists pushed boundaries. This is their work. Liberty’s quilts, their paper & digital quilts - some of which she has created back into quilts. Each artist has written a statement about their work.