Ardi, or Ardipithecus Ramidus, lived 5 million years ago in Africa. She was a hominid, one step in the evolution of the human race. Her fossil skeleton is remarkably intact because her body was buried in the silt of a river. I assembled her "skeleton" life size (about 3 foot 11 inches) on a piece of indigo dyed fabric collected in West Africa. Her skull was very fractured so I hand embroidered her head. The symbol to left of her head is from Ghana, Sankofa or Go Back and Retrieve. It symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, and heritage. Based on a mythical bird that flies forward with its head turned back, it reminds people to value the past and carry it with us as we move forward in time. I created Ardi for a Women's History Month exhibit next year.