Mary Lee Bendolph is one of Gee's Bend's quiltmakers and her work connects the older and the younger circles of quilt artists. This exhibit studies her relationships with other artists: her mother, her daughter, her daughter-in-law and two self-taught Alabama artists (a sculptor and a painter/sculptor). The exploration of her inspiration and creative process was presented with not only several of her actual quilts, but a maquette of a quilt and then the resulting art print. It would have been nice if the life-size version of the maquette and the print were on display as well. This is not a normal quilt show, but an art exhibit that was well presented and displayed.
Do you realize that these quilts are made from denim, corduroy, twill and other non-traditional quilting fabrics? They weigh a lot more than a normal 100% cotton quilt and it would be difficult to roll over when laying under one. I admire their ability to use what they have, but then that is the reasoning behind the early day pioneer quilts also, isn't it?
Have you seen a Gee's Bend exhibit? The pieces pack a powerful graphic punch.
*photo credit: Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2005, Corduroy, 84 x 81 inches