Mary Lee Bendolph. Lonnie Holley's Freedom. 2005

Mary Lee Bendolph Lonnie Holley's Freedom 2005

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Lee Bendolph is a member of the Gee’s Bend Collective of quilt-makers, based in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The tradition of quilting is deeply engrained in African American history, and the distinctive geometric and improvisational style of Gee’s Bend quilters has been passed down through generations from the eighteenth century. In 2005 Paulson Press invited Lee Bendolph and her daughter, Louisiana Bendolph, to create a series of intaglio prints. To translate the texture of textiles into a new medium, Lee Bendolph coated copper plates with beeswax, then impressed the wax using fabric quilt maquettes made from used clothing. The texture of the clothing was then chemically etched into the plates. In this aquatint and etching, the overlapping, textured elements evoke Lee Bendolph’s traditional textile medium and add depth and dimension to the work.

Gallery label from Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund, 2018
Medium
Aquatint and etching
Dimensions
plate: 31 13/16 x 35 13/16" (80.8 x 91 cm); sheet: 40 13/16 x 43 11/16" (103.7 x 111 cm)
Publisher
Paulson Press, Berkeley
Printer
Paulson Press, Berkeley
Edition
50
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Agnes Gund
Object number
242.2007
Copyright
© 2019 Mary L. Bendolph
Department
Drawings and Prints

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