Aysha Baby

Alana Grant wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Weaving, applique, sculpting
Materials: Willow, angora fur, wool, clay, thread
Dimensions (cms): H – 28, W – 90, W – 40

My youngest child Aysha was born with an extra copy of the chromosome 21, known as Down Syndrome or T21. I was told that it happens in one out of 700 pregnancies in every race and culture in the world. In this artwork there are 700 faces to represent this statistic.

The early days of her life had two existing parallel realities: love and that beautiful simplicity that comes with newborn life; and, worry and concern for this little babe’s future. I knew next to nothing about raising a child with a disability. I mothered my newborn with gentle, soft care whilst maintaining a fierce undertone of protection and vigilance over her perceived fragility.

Years on, my baby Aysha is completing her final year of primary school. Puberty and disability is a different type of tricky than those early days. This crossover of Aysha’s developmental stages has me nostalgically reflecting on the early years and how her addition into our family has been hard, but precious and shiny like gold.

Alana Grant uses her art practice to escape reality whilst making sense of it. Her investigations allow her to deepen her understanding of the internal and external landscape, for both curiosity and connection. Her art embeds a sense of family, belonging and equality through her constant themes of nature, environmental awareness and preservation. Ultimately, she looks to find balance in being grateful for what is, whilst practising ethical self-responsibility to actively contribute to solutions.

Wafta twentyFIVE + crossover
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includes essay by Erin Coates, Wafta history, images and statements from artists on the 42 art-works exhibited

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