Chawne Kimber stitches her experience as a Black woman in the United States on her monumental quilt, still not. The backdrop of Kimber’s text is a body of bluesy denim patches, framed by pops of colorful fabric — all sourced from mid-century textiles. Kimber’s choice to use vintage cloth and improvisational patterns draws on her memories and family history. Many of her enslaved ancestors in rural Alabama cultivated and ginned cotton. Her great-grandmother, Mamo, and other relatives expressed themselves through quilting. The family participated in quilting circles to chat, cry, laugh, think, and mend — to create a home together. Mamo’s story was told through her quilts, and Kimber continues the thread.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022
- 71 1⁄4 x 69 1⁄8 in.
© 2019, Chawne Kimber
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase made possible by Nedra and Peter Agnew in honor of the James Renwick Alliance
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- mid-century fabric, quilting cotton,and denim with cotton sashiko thread
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