Created To Be Me

Copied Cynthia Lockhart, Created To Be Me, 2017, dyed fabrics with found objects, 42 14 × 52 18 in. (107.3 × 132.4 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell in honor of Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, 2022.42.2

Artwork Details

Created To Be Me
42 14 × 52 18 in. (107.3 × 132.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell in honor of Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Mediums Description
dyed fabrics with found objects
  • Allegory — civic
  • Animal — bird — dove
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Artwork Description

This quilt by fiber artist and educator Cynthia Lockhart celebrates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, a global pledge for freedom, justice, and peace. Lockhart emphasizes that human rights include creative self-expression. Bursting with color and movement, the quilt bears her own free spirit.

“Belief in oneself against all odds is a critical message in my artwork. It is my desire that my artwork encourages people to see endless possibilities of hope, joy, love, and victory in their own lives.”