"Gifts I Take" is a daughters resolving look at the lives of her foremothers. The three generations of women before her give a synopsis of their lives. The words of each woman flow as animated text over her wedding portrait. Her synopsis reveals a life governed by submission. Within each voice there is a sense of religious, maternal and feminine duty. Printed on glass, the wedding portraits are double exposed with the chest of the daughter, leaving only the outline of her hair and neck visible.
Respiting and connecting each generation is the audible voice of the daughter. In her imagination each woman gives her a gift. It is a personal trait the daughter has inbued, originating from the awareness of her mothers lives. The daughter is seen as a pivoting body in the token, ceremonial dress, representing the handing down of tradition. Her voice is one of strength as it call out to the text of the women before her and the text of the women call out to her voice.