The All-Mother, Iyatikyu's, cloak.
Engaging with inherited objects, which in themselves come from a colonial past and position of privilege, Soraya is striving to subvert their meaning, moving their agency as to explore and examine the present-day political upheaval.
Inspired by some small blue enamelled teaspoons, this textile piece uses the form of the spoon to create the cloak of the All-Mother. Her story is part of the artist's comment and reaction to the plight of the children left in the Calais camps, after the parliamentary vote of March 2016 against the Dubs Amendment, which would have given them safe passage to the British Isles.
The names of the 294 MP's who voted against their entry have been digitally embroidered onto the cloak, as has the Khalil Gibran prose from The Prophet on Children. A myth created to sit along with the artwork, appropriates a Native American Goddess belonging to western Pueblo people. Iyatikyu, Goddess of the Corn whose domain is underground, she gives life to all and they a born out to the earth returning to her when they die.
Story telling is the way human communicate and translate ideas, to reimagine old god /goddess from different cultures in new stories is a means to communicate ideas and try to make sense of our political landscape as it stands today, whilst cohesively accompanying the artwork itself.