In this piece I made an allegorical statement about my mother’s struggle and my bringing up, through her favorite flowers. When we migrated to America, she knew that her dreams of becoming a special needs educator would be impossible as soon as she stepped off the airplane. She was unfortunately weighed down by the sheer logistics of moving into this country as an adult, and so focused herself on helping me succeed where the world wouldn't allowed her to. I utilized two lilies, representative of mothers who are unable to succeed due to responsibilities and pressures, but fight to make sure their children can do what they could not. The older plant is pinned and pulled down, the petals hold so much tension they are close to breaking off. The younger plant is barely budding and free of the stress from the strings. It holds the potential to grow and blossom, spread and captivate, to dream and aspire, in a time of its own, like the children of many immigrants.
November 14, 2018
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