Eluzre is an avatar for love, jealousy, black femininity, and maternal protection. Elurze is simply an anagram of the Erzule, and this project was inspired by the Hatian Lwa Erzule, which is a spiritual concept and figure in Hatian spirituality.
This project was commissioned through a NEFA grant and created for Jenny Oliver's Modern Connections Dance Company. Oliver approached me with this project and suggested we work together. This project remains one of my favorite projects to date, but I did not create a series of photographs from this costume. the Elurze wearable art is currently in the collection of Jenny Oliver Modern Connections. The 28 photographs below show how I created Eluzre, from design to finished suit and helmet.