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Picturing IdentityContemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text$
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640709

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640709.001.0001

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Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts

Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts

“All Things American in America Are about Race”

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(p.196) Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts
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Picturing Identity
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640709.003.0008

African American artist Faith Ringgold’s oversized story quilts are painted and stitched image-text narratives on fabric intended to be hung on art gallery walls. In all her work she thematizes race and gender, part of her project to revise historical misrepresentations and generate more accurate depictions. This chapter discusses Ringgold’s various interventions in a long history of textual and visual domination, noting also Ringgold’s innovations: how quilt squares function simultaneously as individual images or texts and as part of the entire visual field. Each quilt square functions as a page, while a series of quilt squares can function also as a frame. The sets of relations between page and frame and between image and text are multiple and variable.

Keywords:   Faith Ringgold, Story Quilts, African American Art, Image-Text

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