There are no mixed heritage museums. Not yet anyway. But there is a universe of artists who draw inspiration from their diverse backgrounds, remixing traditional elements surprising ways. But this is not just a recent phenomenon, nor is it restricted to identity art. Indeed examples may be found throughout art history, which can be interpreted in new ways through the lens of critical mixed race studies. By examining representations in art, we can gain a broader cultural understanding of what it means to be mixed in a specific time and place.
This image of my daughter captures how I felt when I began to explore this world- excited, overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, but eager to jump in.
The name of this blog is shorthand for what I tell her about all the different parts of her heritage. She’s only 9 months old, but clearly brilliant and I swear she’s listening. Each one, all much- you are each one, each one is a part of the one that is you, and you are loved all much (‘so much’ being not nearly an adequate description).
So, let’s look and talk and dream and see where all this takes us.