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What's it about?
After her life is changed forever by religious terrorism, teen Jaydi must decide what she believes in while keeping her family together in a divided village surrounded by supernatural forces seeking to destroy them all.
Interference from Western missionaries collide with the more popular, Local religion’s leaders. The current leaders in power, in particular, are set on eliminating every trace of the West from their village. Spirit forces complicate the matter, by working for and against either side. Jaydi is divided - as her parents never agreed on which side to choose, but taking too long to decide puts the life of her younger brother, Bandele, in danger.
Why are you making it?
The artist's statement
The spirit of my work is devoted to Afrocentric culture and women as creative beings. The context of how history impacts the present lives of all of us, is incredibly important to me. Driven in research, my intention is to give accurate depictions, although my stories are fiction.
The use of comedy and fantasy are tools which I use to discuss intense subject matter with my audience. The concerns of my work challenge stereotypes and offer personalities which do not fit into preconceived expectations. This is the case with, Jaydi’s Story, which is about a young teen in East Africa who is trying to figure out what she believes in, amidst Religious terrorism in her village.
Jaydi’s Story acts as a clear example of the main intension behind all of my work; to inspire creativity in young people, particularly girls in minority communities. So that the presence of my stories can be an additional clearing in the path for their own.
Who is Jaydi?
The protagonist, Jaydi Asha,
(which translates to “Angel Alive”),
is a teenage girl in Kaweria, Mumbi seeking a normal life after terrorism corrupts her village. At only 13, she bears the responsibility of caring for her two younger siblings (Bandele and Hidi) and an elderly grandmother (Bibi Ebra). Her tenacity is the force that holds her family together amidst all odds, however she can sometimes forget her age and the fact that still has so much to learn!
Fine art collections
inspiration for kenya
Inspiration from Kenya, the first collection of ‘Jaydi’s Story’, is an introduction into Jaydi’s world. It is here where we are introduced the main characters, such as Bandele, Bibi Ebra, the primary townsfolk and even our protagonist, Jaydi Asha.
In this series, individual characters are introduced with a preview of his or her personality represented in the artwork. Each piece is meant to be revealing of the particular character’s nature, whether those traits be favorable or perhaps, a best kept secret.
The collection is brought to life with the use of the colors and patterns inspired by Kenyan textiles, wildlife native to Kenya, and folktales from around the continent. Inspiration from Kenya is an exciting welcome into Jaydi’s world.
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inspiration for Kenya - Watercolors
Tales from a diasporian
Jaydi’s Story: Tales from a Diasporian is both a visual and auditory narrative that expresses my interest in the history of colonization and its impact on African nations. Colonization has a direct link to, corruption, and conflict; Jaydi’s Story addresses the alarming lack of education about and raises awareness of the African Diaspora and the experiences of the people and their ancestors affected by it.
Educating current and future generations will enable a new and better existence. I feel compelled to seek out, align with, and contribute to the means of restorative justice, no matter the scale of impact my actions may have. In Tales from a Disporian, I speak from my own perspective as an African American/African Caribbean woman attempting to get in touch with formerly lost pieces of my identity. This love letter to Africa expresses my frustration with the reality of injustice and the misuse of religious beliefs; it also acknowledges the sense of hopefulness I feel for the future of Africans worldwide.