Haitian Mermaid # 2

  • Michael Cummings, Haitian Mermaid # 2, 1996, machine pieced, quilted, and appliquéd commercial and hand-dyed cotton, synthetic and antique fabrics, found objects, sequins, and beads, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dorothy Dent Goodson, 2002.59

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This quilt is one in a series of four inspired by a mermaid from Haitian mythology. The mermaid protects the people of the island when they go into the water, and takes on the form of a woman on land. Michael Cummings has used the images of the parrot and fish to represent the mythological creature’s power over both land and sea. Haitian Mermaid #2 employs a wide variety of materials, including hand-dyed and antique fabrics, and Cummings has combined bright colors with dark tones of blue and black to suggest a tranquil night scene.

Title
Haitian Mermaid # 2
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
76 × 78 1/4 × 1 1/8 in. (193.0 × 198.8 × 2.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dorothy Dent Goodson

Mediums
Mediums Description
machine pieced, quilted, and appliquéd commercial and hand-dyed cotton, synthetic and antique fabrics, found objects, sequins, and beads
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – sea
  • Ethnic – Haitian
  • Fantasy – mermaid
  • Abstract
  • Animal – bird
  • Animal – fish
  • Object – flower
Object Number
2002.59
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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