Art Series

Cow Mash

BALEMI (FARMERS) | 2024
BALEMI (FARMERS) | 2024

The Balemi series imagines the Cow as a farmer through my second name which was passed down from my maternal grandmother. The name Praises speaks about my great-great-grandmother and how she harvested black melons. To fantasize about a farmer is also to imagine the knowledge of nature that could have been passed down through generations of women to sustain a community.

I believe that names have a powerful hold over people. There are spiritual ties to a name, especially if you are being named with someone in mind, which is possibly to attach you to the spirit or nature of that person. In my case, there are 3 generations to my maternal inherited name. I am the 3rd (3 is also my favourite number when I can, I work in 3’s to speak to the 3 generations). I have been wondering how much of my names have been guiding my existence and in search of this also finding ways to honour and learn about my ancestral maternal lineage.

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