Dear Grandmother

 

Martin’s “Dear Grandmother” collaboration was born over a decade ago when Martin commissioned her Gran to embroider her Half White series as a reflection on racial identity. Since then, the pair have worked on over 50 pieces together, with Gran adding her own touches of color or language along the way. Martin sees the pieces as symbolically bridging gaps of distance, generation, race and culture, creating an inclusive backdrop for artistic creation. With phrases like “Come Home” / “Go Home”, “British” / “English,” the pieces are challenging, but comforting, playful, yet ironic.

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Dear Grandmother Installation at Brooklyn Museum