Yukon School of Visual Arts
62 x 54 in
Ideally, culture is hereditary, passed down through generations, personalized, and accessed firsthand. But migration is costly. What happens if you are unable to access culture through your own lineage?
Kink is a physical representation of my attempts to connect with ancestral tradition in the 21st Century diaspora. The traditional knots featured in this piece were learned via the Internet, devoid of familial input. What arises is a type of guilt and a contradiction of one’s desires. The desire to connect with and access cultural practice, but an uncertainty regarding how to do so, and how to do so in a way which properly honours said culture.