Quilting as an Art Form

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On Monday’s class Emily talked about her thesis and how she wants to use quilting to create an interactive documentary. In this post you can see the work of two artists who have use quilt and similar materials in a new context to make contemporary art.

Faith Ringgold

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Faith Ringgold, has used her art to voice her opinions on racism and gender inequality. Faith Ringgold, born in 1930 in Harlem, attended the City College of New York where she received her BS and her MA in Fine Arts. In 1967, Ringgold created a series, The American People, which focused on racial conflict and discrimination. In 1972, she helped found the Women Students and Artists for Black Liberation in order to make sure that African American art exhibitions equally represented men and women.

Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts, an art form that combines story telling and quilt making with genre painting. Ringgold has also written a children’s book, Tar Beach, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.

Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Whether inhabiting a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the genesis of Hamilton’s art extends outwards from the primary projections of the hand and mouth. Her attention to the uttering of a sound or the shaping of a word with the hand places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her installations. To enter their liminality is to be drawn equally into the sensory and linguistic capacities of comprehension that construct our faculties of memory, reason and imagination.

Read More: http://www.annhamiltonstudio.com

Here is a link to a short documentary, Art21: Ann Hamilton in “Spirituality”.

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One Response to “Quilting as an Art Form”

  1. Augmentationist Interanational Says:

    Incertitudes : sound activated clothing by Ying Gao http://vimeo.com/73585344

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