Artist: Jason Wilson
City of Residence: McAlester
Year Completed: 2020
Dimensions: 12" x 36"
"The women of Gee’s Bend – a small, remote, African-American community in Alabama – have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee’s Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. The seven hundred or so inhabitants of this community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. Their early creations were often made from scrap materials. A lot of the Gee’s Bend quilts may be called improvisational or 'my way' quilts. Uninhibited by the norms of fine or folk art, the Bend quilt makers have been guided by a faith in personal vision; most of them start with basic forms and head off 'their way' with unexpected patterns, unusual colors, and surprising rhythms."
"In my Gee’s Bend Series, I use my scrap paint in a spontaneous 'my way' style. Influenced by the Gee’s Bend methods, I let my paintings create themselves. Few lines are used on the canvas and I just go with the flow. The painting develops guided by my sense of feeling and composition. My goal is to honor the Gee’s Bend quilters and create an interesting painting outside my norm."-Jason Wilson
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