This body of work is an exploration of the historical and contemporary roles women play in the preservation and cultivation of artistic and cultural heritage. Through researching the historical context of folklore art and interacting with personal narratives of women within my own community, I am building a framework for asking questions about belonging, displacement and cultural value.
The painted jewelry boxes act as literal and metaphorical containers for the precious, fading and often hidden memories of a rich cultural identity. The boxes can also act as portraits, as each one corresponds to a specific person’s narrative, although it needs not end there. The dimensions, style and material handling for the pieces varies according to the conditions of each particular story. The pieces are titled with lines from the narratives of the women represented in the work, translated into their respective native tongue.