These are the images I produced based on sketches I made on the topic of FGM.

© Ayu Baker, 2014. FGM. Flower-Tree

© Ayu Baker, 2014. FGM-1. Flower-Tree

This drawing (FGM-1) is inspired from Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) self portrait with Thorn Necklace and hummingbird. Her self portrait is deeply personal and full of symbols. In my drawing, the orange Lilies symbolises hate (based on Hanakotoba flower symbolism). The hate is by people who oppressed female and not acknowledging their rights and equality. While the tree symbolises how the practice of FGM has been forced toward women & young girls through the centuries.

© Ayu Baker, 2014. FGM.

© Ayu Baker, 2014. FGM-2.

The second drawing (FGM-2) is inspired by Louis Bourgeois’ Maman (1999). Maman is French for Mummy. Her spider sculpture was made of bronze, stainless steel and marble. The sculpture is deeply personal and refer to her childhood memories of a loving yet complicit mother. The spider symbolised as a protector and predator. The spider silk is used to make cocoon and also to bind prey. I feel that mothers who allowed or even forced their daughters to suffer from FGM have a similar behaviour with spider.


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