This is my beautiful, complicated mother Min, at around 30-years-old.
|Redwork Mami, 2015. Hand embroidery on cotton.|
Mi mami, mi mami. ("Mi mami," because my mother's family is from Puerto Rico.)
|Chain stitch detail of her thick, black hair.|
I look at this image, based on a photo taken by my Irish-American father, and I'm back in the position of my five-year-old self. The longing I always felt for my mother. The desperate wish that she would turn her head and look at me. Smile at me.
|For my parents.|
Turn your head, mami. Please.