The Holy Union
In 2021, I started learning how to sew but as time went by I wanted to experiment more with creating wearable art. The Holy Union is a story of love, pain, anguish, and abuse between two former lovers. The patterns and embroidery pieces were handmade, cut, and sewn by me.
This sort of functionality of this piece is very integral to its meaning as we tend to shy away from topics of abuse, especially when relating to domestic and emotional violence. When people wear/use/display these pieces, I want to hold space for them to reevaluate their view of love. LOVE is incompatible with abuse or violence.
I drew inspiration from the plight and struggle of African women and mothers who often find themselves in abusive/violent relationships with no clear way of escape. These women are often trapped, with no way of escaping the hell that is their reality, and more times than often, their only option is to turn to religion and pray for the storm to pass.
I have also accompanied these pieces with a short poem below.