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There are multiple levels of meanings to be derived from my harvesting of objects, based on the diasporic traditions of spirituality carried to America by West Africans as a result of the transatlantic slave trade. It is a blend of practices from the people of the Congo/Benin/Togo and Nigeria. I use assemblage as a vehicle to extend beyond an objects’ original purpose, combining the African traditions of legacy sculpture, ancestry figures, the power object and Nkisi nKondi. Embedded in the narrative of my assemblages are concepts of building bridges and making connections between the past and the present, America and Africa, and the physical and the spiritual world. The works embody the collective consciousness of generations of African Americans rooted in aesthetic traditions of Sankofa: the African concept of understanding one’s past in order to go forward.