"Our grandmothers are synonymous with sacrifice and ensuring we bear the fruit of the labor they went through. Our grandmothers are the essence of our existence, our supportive structures, our very roots. The hands define the labor, work, and affection of holding and embracing us. The roses represent us, the beautiful future created through pain, suffering, and sacrifice. The unwavering stories that hold up our generations and the unconditional love represented through lineage.
The elongated hands and fingers are a homage to the African art of our collective ancestors. The background is the sky we reach for, also a metaphor of how much they stretched to push us forward so that we may realize the depth of our roots and how they connect the dreams they have for us."
Hussein is an artist, author, storyteller and entrepreneur. His memoir The Art of Resilience was published in 2021. In 2016, he launched Refutees, creating graphic tees that expand awareness while donating much-needed items to local and international refugees. In 2018, he received the Immigrant of the Year award. Site.