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
Like many folk artists, Otesia Harper learned her craft from an older family memberin 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
Object - foodstuff - beverage
decorative arts - fiber
fabric - cotton