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. Also, her mouth is open because she can't be silenced.
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 [The Matriarch] represents them all.
quilt made with cotton, African wax prints | 46" x 46" | 2020