A woman performs a ritual by interacting with a series of magical objects. One object, a mask, transforms her into another being that is capable of making marks in space with the movement of its body. Embodying this alter ego, the eponymous Azhdar, leads her to question her own identity, resulting in her awakening to reality and the inevitable repetition of the cycle.
Two distinct personalities are represented by pairs of hands that interact with the ritual objects on the table before them. The channel on the left is a negating personality, who is skeptical to the point of destructiveness, and is bent on sabotaging the other with cruel words and by sticking needles into a doll. The channel on the right is a creative personality, who struggles to remain productive despite the influence of the other.
My Daughter’s Keeper is about where one might find the foundation of their identity; the foundation being who was the first person to mold our identity and where that took place. In this piece the viewers see a mother and her daughter, each looking at themselves in two different mirrors, while also mirroring each other in their movements and tasks. The audio of the mother’s voice gives instruction, advice and thoughts on African American hair, African American women, and self-esteem. I hope to convey that identity if often formed in childhood by the parent(s), and is further grown and shaped as the child grows.
Subliminal is about the visual influences of childhood that effect our perception of ourselves, specifically African American women. The visual for this piece is split into two screens: the left screen showing a Bratz styling head and the application of a hair relaxer to the styling head, and the right screen depicting interviews of two young African American women giving their opinions and experiences on the ideals of beauty and identity of black women. I hope to convey that a standard of beauty if forced into ones subconscious as young children so that they grow up believing this is the way to look, act, and feel about oneself.