The short-lived duchy of Courland, now part of present-day Latvia, is known not only for having been overrun by Axis forces during World War 2, but also for its role as a mini colonial power in the Caribbean in the 17th century. 

The Courland Pocket Square (detail), 2017
22x22cm, silk-paper, glass, acrylic, cotton. 
Embroidery on paper.

Symbolizing Tobago, an island contested among the Courlanders, British, French, and Dutch in the 1600s, arrowhead forms invoke the only remaining objects of Tobago’s original inhabitants- the Island Caribs. 

Concurrently, the converging pattern of the arrowheads, scattered beads and thick embroidery play upon not only Tobago’s  history of plantation life, but its shared historical phenomena with the region of Courland; an indigenous population under siege, isolated or abandoned military strongholds and a preponderance of maritime warfare. 

The Courland Pocket Square, 2017
22x22cm, silk-paper, glass, acrylic, cotton. 
Embroidery on paper.

The embroidered details stand for seafaring vessels, advancing soldiers as well as the exploited and suffering population.

The Courland Pocket Square, 2017
22x22cm, silk-paper, glass, acrylic, cotton. 
Embroidery on paper.