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Coke Covers the World

1992 Otesia Harper Born: Mississippi 1925 appliqued and stitched fabric 81 x 74 1/4 in. (205.7 x 188.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1992.38 Not currently on view


Gallery Label

Like many folk artists, Otesia Harper learned her craft from an older family member—in this case, her grandmother. Her skill at quilting is artfully exercised in sewing letters and faces on each coke bottle. Although not overtly patriotic, her bold use of color emphasizes the global presence of an American icon. The word "covers" also playfully alludes to the function of her quilt.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Object - foodstuff - beverage

decorative arts - fiber

folk art

fabric - cotton

About Otesia Harper

Born: Mississippi 1925

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