Subway Graffiti #3
FAITH RINGGOLD (1930– )
Black women have always insisted on being artists…they’ve insisted upon it since the first slaves incorporated black designs into the making of quilts.
As a mature artist, Ringgold, who grew up in Harlem, embraced her family’s quilting tradition. In 1980, her mother pieced and quilted the first of Ringgold’s “story quilts”—narrative paintings surrounded by lush, pieced fabric borders. Subway Graffiti #3, a story quilt, was inspired by Ringgold’s trip to Japan in 1986, where she encountered crowded subways and unfamiliar graffiti-like writing. It depicts the names and faces of many of her friends and family as well as popular black luminaries like Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
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