When Lewinale was ten, She left Liberia to live in the US. Her mother, locked her gaze with Lewinale and her sisters and told them to never forget who they are. At an earlier age, Lewinale learned about Mitochondrial Eve... Read More
When Lewinale was ten, She left Liberia to live in the US. Her mother, locked her gaze with Lewinale and her sisters and told them to never forget who they are. At an earlier age, Lewinale learned about Mitochondrial Eve (also mt-MRCA). It is known that she is from East Africa, and the mother of all humanity. Lewinale's portraits stem from experiences with lack of knowledge about Africans and African culture. Through representation of Mitochondrial Eve, Lewinale marries art and science, educates and brings to the forefront African culture; the ancestral culture of living humans. Her life's mission is to remind humanity of our African beginnings, and to honor and embrace this truth. Her work is a call to action. Our mother has left gifts; knowledge, traditions, and magic. They shall be proclaimed not twisted. Honored, not mocked. Gifts such as medicine, agriculture, art, and civilization. Our divide will retain us from our true potential.Lewinale’s work reminds us of humanity's misguided actions against our mother, ourselves, and our foreign brothers and sisters. These actions include the transatlantic slave trade, misuse of Africa's natural resources through intentional division, xenophobia, colonization and war. All of these are the progeny of hubris, ego, and thirst for godlike dominance. In ‘Honor Your Mother’, figures in the ocean symbolize African American's relationship to water, the middle passage, slaves jumping overboard and choosing death over captivity, 'damaged ‘slaves, being discarded in the ocean, female sexuality and unexplored capabilities, swimming, not swimming, and life through birth.