This is a contrast from the usually presented work that shows the history of Africans in America, the world. A flower blossoms, it is encapsulated by ancestral masks representing the history and a transforming of lives like blooming flowers.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dorothy C. Straughter was introduced to quilting in November of 2014 by a dear friend Marcia Thomas who showed her Underground Railroad quilt. She then embarked on a historical journey that is woven through numerous works which include the Underground Railroad, Great Migration, and American History Quilts© (Negrobilia / Ephemera).
This serendipitous jaunt into the quilt community can be traced beyond the foundation of her skill set as an occupational therapist. Research that studied assessment of line, color and form as it relates to the learning process and the development of strategies of instruction for the specialized population supports imaginative design. A university instructor in neuroscience, disease processes, research and a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences / genetics facilitate skills that portray human form and function.
Mrs. Straughter’s incessant study in numerous dance genre including ballet along with knowledge of neuro kinetic structures supports the impact of humans in motion. Imagery shown in her quilts are informed by continuous research at the Stony Island Arts Bank which has equipped her with historical perspectives difficult to find in other venues.
She is passionate about this work that illustrate the ugly parts of American history. She articulates; “Appreciating history invigorates a determination to purvey historical truth.” Her multifaceted quilt architect evolution continues to etch itself through the fabric of time illustrating theoretical frameworks imprinted in the context of textiles. Mrs. Straughter’s quilts have been featured in the following venues:
© Dorothy Cross Straughter