I had the opportunity to participate in a Story room project by Dyffryn House and Garden in Cardiff. Story room project is to feature the story of Cory family who owned the house before National Trust took it over. My project is focusing on Florence Cory story. She is well-known for her philanthropy works and musical talent as well as having a high-end fashion sense. Newspaper articles issued in Georgian era about social events that she attended gave me ideas to create a drawing-stitch mix media piece. The piece was exhibited from 23rd March for a month.
As requested by Dyffryn House, this piece is going to be exhibited in Florence Cory’s room permanently.
These are the images I produced based on sketches I made on the topic of FGM.
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.
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.
I’m practicing the language of flower in this project as well. The project is intended to produce images to be submitted for Kaplan Lawyer/Solicitor office’s annual calendar. I did not submit my images because I think I was not putting myself 100% on this project and as the result I’m not happy with the end product.
Applying visual language onto world issue is one project that I enjoyed and still carry on. My topic is about female genital mutilation.
Artist Ref : Louise Burguois & Kiki Smith
sketches inspired by the above artists:
Artist ref : David Hockney & Anthony Green