“Are you there, mother?”
I stand motionless, waiting for her response. I ache in the memory of her. Silence.
I gave myself three days.
On the first day, I pray. On the second day, I hope. On the third day, I begin to wilt. On the fourth day, I release water and with it comes a revelation of my responsibility. On the fourth day, I create.
On the fourth day, Mother is near. Her calls bear the rush of a thousand storms. My gaze is fixed forward, I am listening.
I am her and she is I, we are as one. Born of her magic, Mother is the reason I create. Our mother is the reason that I love.
She runs her fingers across our world and whispers: “ They have forgotten their own name. They have neglected their source. They have labeled themselves different from me. They have defiled my daughters and I have slept in the depths of the bloodied soil. Now, I must awake in you so that my children will remember me. This is why I gave you my image and my strength. Show them my image, so they remember."
When Lewinale was ten, She left her home in Liberia to live in the United States. Her mother, holding her three young children's hands, told them to never forget where they come from; to never forget who they are. As time passed, Lewinale understood the study of Mitochondrial Eve (also mt-MRCA). mt-MRCA is the scientific understanding of the genesis of humanity. Eve would have lived in East Africa, approximately around the same area as Lucy. Lewinale's portraits stem from her development and understanding of African and African American history and traditions, as well as Western history, traditions and both culture’s relationship with women.
With her positioning, she is uniquely placed to tell this story.
Through the representation of Mitochondrial Eve, Lewinale marries art, history and science. She enlightens, educates and brings to the forefront, ancestral and living culture, female spiritual and sexual capabilities and the forced suppression and ignorance of said capabilities. Her focus is firmly placed on the East African mother, who birthed us, modern day and ancient womanhood, as well the mother continent- the originator of modern humanity.
Lewinale's stance is both political and sometimes, not.
Her work points to the buried and stolen splendor that existed (and partly still exists), prior to Western colonialism. Her work is an exploration into a society free of a narcissistic patriarchy. In both contemporary and traditional ways, Lewinale 's work represents adaptation, annihilation and representation of mother and mother culture.
Her work incorporates symbols and meditations on ideas of African Americans’ relationship to water, old culture, new culture, the middle passage, female sexuality and unexplored capabilities,and life through birth .
Originally, Lewinale was drawn to making portraits of interracial and intercultural couples, living in the United States. As she dug deeper, she began the representational works of Eve and Lucy. She works so her culture-our culture and our lifesource is not buried.
UNITED STATES, Art Basel Miami, Perez Museum event, December
Atlanta, GA, 2018
UNITED STATES, Open Studios gallery show at the Goat Farm Arts Center, December
Atlanta, GA, 2018
UNITED STATES, ATLANTA: AFRICA BELLE, Alliance Française d'Atlanta, Atlanta,Georgia (2018)
UNITED STATES, ATLANTA: The Immortals Collection at 5CHURCH, 5CHURCH, Atlanta, Georgia (2018)
ITALIA : THE BODY LANGUAGE, group show, The ROOM art gallery, Venice Italy (2018)
ITALIA : CONTEMPORARY VENICE, group show, The ROOM art gallery, Venice Italy (2017)
UNITED STATES : UNICEF NEXT GENERATION, group show, Atlanta Georgia (2017)