Walking Distance - Amara Tabor Smith
ODC Theater - San Francisco
This white egungun design is influenced by the traditional Egungun costumes worn in Yoruba masquerades. Better referred as 'ritual wear', it is created to support the honoring of our spiritual connection with ancestor reverence, or to the ancestors themselves as a collective force.
Created as an underlayer as seen in the video, the halter dress in nude mesh is embellished with a handpainted root/branch structure. The nude mesh symbolizes the naked purity of our essence while the branch/root structure depicts the "Tree" as that of the giver of life, oxygen, shelter and sustenance. The red drape symbolizes the monthly shedding to eventually arrive at the feminine core of earthly connection.