Tales like Mami Wata
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Hand carved West Indian wilks shell, gold plated sterling silver
5.5” x 3.5” each
These earrings pay homag e to the african water deity Mami Wata to highlight the parallels between her powers and the story my jewelry proposes- one where enslaved persons escape. Mami Wata traveled with captured people across the middle passage to protect them and take their pain and she is said to have capsized many ships.
About this Artist
Taisha is a Barbadian Jewelry designer and multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, body adornment, and installation. Across all her forms of making she investigates the liminality of life in the Caribbean after colonialism and into the Anthropocene. Taisha invents ‘devices’ and explores performance and wearing as acts of self-healing while proposing methods for rebirth, reclamation, and reimagining the value of Caribbean people and communities. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Jewelry Design in 2018, was selected by New York City Jewelry Week for their inaugural One For The Future initiative and awarded as a CFDA+ Design Graduate by the Council of Fashion Designers of America- an award given annually to exemplary new talent from a pool of graduates around the world. Her work has been featured in American Craft, Metalsmith Mag, Caribbean Beat and most recently Crucible as a part of Munich Jewelry Week 2021.View Full Artist Bio
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