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from Four Women

Artist: Mika Eubanks '11

From the artist's statement: Through examination of culture, politics, and race in the United States, Four Women aims to cast off stereotypes and break down the "idea of race" that the United States of America was founded upon. Remembering the Future explores the importance of preserving the memory of oral traditions, stories, and knowledge passed down through generations of family history. Using textile imagery and hand dying techniques, Eubanks creates transformative performance garments. These function as mnemonic devices for various stories and oral traditions told to Eubanks as a child by members of her family. The garments function as wearable art, used in daily activities and sharing rituals, preserving those stories and traditions for future generations in a new and innovative way.