As I bend, fold, and drape these hand-woven fabrics, I consider origin, life of an immigrant and educate viewers on culture appropriation of waist beads on African bodies. The sculptural forms are not static, they adapt to environment and surfaces which in turn controls the angle of the viewer’s eyes. Using the wall as a mannequin, the woven pieces are first draped to illustrate my itinerary and travel experiences in ways words can not utter.
"While we smile" is my way of opening doors for my viewers to share the joy after experiencing trauma, emotions and pain they can not verbalize. Smiling through the pain, is the beginning of healing, endurance, and hope.