[Photo of Ring]


My object is a ring made from turtle shell, a material that is called 'carey' in Spanish. When I was nine years old, my mother gave me such a ring. Years later, already residing in Canada, I lost my turtle shell ring. I asked my mother, who was visiting Honduras at the time, to bring me a replacement. I associate the ring with my country and also with my mother. I think that turtle shell rings become more beautiful with age, because their material becomes more translucent. When I first came to Canada, I had a more active awareness of dislocation and the need for connection to a place I no longer was, which is now slowly fading the longer I reside in Canada. Thus, maybe the ring also slowly loses its importance. It is so much part of my finger now that I sometimes forget about it.

  • country
  • mother
  • ring
  • turle-shell
Samuel Garrigó Meza
Country of origin
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Country of residence