Washington, D.C. Foreclosure Quilt

  • Kathryn Clark, Washington, D.C. Foreclosure Quilt, 2015, linen, cotton, and recycled thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Stephen D. Thurston Memorial Fund, 2015.40, © 2015, Kathryn Clark

Exhibition Label

Clark began to make her Foreclosure Quilts in 2007 to document the effects of the economic recession on the American landscape. By 2015 the mortgage crisis had faded from the news despite the ongoing distress of many homeowners, and Clark crafted this piece to keep the tragedy in the public eye. She chose quilting for its humble, utilitarian value and domestic associations. Her quilts document actual foreclosures from neighborhoods across the country.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Washington, D.C. Foreclosure Quilt
Artist
Date
2015
Location
Dimensions
57 1/2 × 84 3/4 in. (146.1 × 215.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Stephen D. Thurston Memorial Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
linen, cotton, and recycled thread
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – District of Columbia – Washington
  • Object – written matter – map
Object Number
2015.40
Palette
Linked Open Data
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