“Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will glorify the hunter”
“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 release water and with it comes a revelation of my responsibility. On the third 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."
My work is an investigation into self-discovery, but not just of self--of also a higher, more connected, single source.
Liberia spit me out the year I was born. A civil war meant an abandonment of what should have been home and a forced lesson on difference.
Having to restart my life several times was fascinating, yet spiritually tiring. Before most humans my age, I discovered a deep understanding of people, and a curiosity to understand human and cultural nuances.
When Lewinale Havette was ten, She left her home in Liberia to live in the United
States. Her mother told her and her sisters to carry their culture with them and remember the roots that will always sustain them.
Questioning origin, purpose and the evolution of culture, Lewinale began to study the findings of Mitochondrial Eve (also mt-MRCA), and the single-origin hypothesis. Her work stems from her development and understanding of this as she uses photography, raw diamonds, paint and ink to focus on human history, traditions, and relationship with women and the mother continent.
Originally, Lewinale was drawn to making portraits of intercultural couples, living in the United States. As she dug deeper, she began her representational works.
In both contemporary and traditional ways, Havette tells a story of the stolen splendor that existed (and partly still exists), free of the dominant ideology of patriarchy and prior to Western colonialism. Through her work, she marries art, history and science. She uses symbols and meditations on ideas of old culture, new culture, African Americans’ relationship to water, and life through birth. Lewinale Havette examines female spiritual and sexual capabilities and the forced suppression and ignorance of said capabilities. She questions the beliefs, behaviors, fears and influences which form our human relationships and the way in which we view otherness.