Suffrage Quilt, 2020

Mixed Media

Assorted cottons, thread, batting

40.00 x 60.00 in

101.6 x 152.4 cm

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About The Work

The “Americana” series began during the Black Live Matter protests while the CoronaVirus pandemic spread in 2020. “Americana” is based on the research of white American women in relation to Civil Rights, Anti-Slavery, and Sufferage movements. Women used quilts to further their cause as a means of fundraising and support, as well as for banners during the protest. The “Americana” series is inspired by traditional geometric repeat patterns from historic quilts of these time periods. Many of the colors of the “Americana” series represent varied flesh tones of the American population, including over 45 colors, and consist of a combination of second-hand and new fabrics. The calming repeat patterns and organic uneven shaping contradicts the manic repetitive, overlapping dark red machine embroidery. Most of the pieces in “Americana” are stretched on rigid supports and are presented as paintings to hang on the wall, blurring the lines between Craft and Fine Art. The “Suffrage Quilt” takes the historical colors of the movement, and a log cabin quilt is built from them. The Log Cabin quilt pattern is a traditional pattern, though to be popularized during the anti-slavery movement. The red center represents home and heart. The architecture of the log cabin represents the layers of years, women, and the strength that has come together for freedom and the right to vote.–Regina Jestrow

Courtesy of The Contemporary Art Modern Project

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