2009

Grandmother in Benin

18 x 24 Acrylic on canvas

Mama Moyele, as she was called by her kids and grandkids, was my late maternal grandmother. She birthed 10 children and was the disciplinarian in the family. I do not remember a day we visited and did not have lunch or dinner ready. She was very active in her church and served her community selflessly. She also loved her grandkids dearly and in some bizarre way, her love language was discipline, not hesitating to smack our face or backside when we behaved inappropriately. Red/orange is symbolic of her passion and relentless energy fueled centrally from her faith. She was always found in a head scarf, called gele. Purple represents her Benin royal background.

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