Schoolgirl

  • Carolyn Crump, Schoolgirl, 2020, cotton fabric and cotton thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Carolyn L. Mazloomi, 2021.64.3

I started making my art masks to chronicle this time in my life so people could know I gave my love, talent, and my time to my community, friends and family, anybody that needed my help. I tried do what I could.” —Carolyn Crump

Carolyn Crump tells stories of African American life with her three-dimensional quilts. She is a fifth-generation quilter and member of the Women of Color Quilters Network. At the onset of COVID-19, Crump began making cloth masks for her community in Houston, Texas. After a few months, she began sewing more elaborate and nonfunctional masks, like a joyful vignette of a little girl reading under an apple tree. Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, she turned to themes of resilience and social justice, including a portrait of Floyd and protest signs affirming the message Black Lives Matter. 

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Schoolgirl
Artist
Date
2020
Location
Dimensions
overall: 10 18 × 9 12 × 3 12 in. (25.7 × 24.1 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Mediums
Mediums Description
cotton fabric and cotton thread
Keywords
  • Figure female
Object Number
2021.64.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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