This #Sunday brings us the "Sacret Bibel" quilt top created by Susan Arrowood in the late 19th century, a unique and charismatic piece whose paper-doll-like appliqués, handwritten pen-and-ink inscriptions, and collage quality set it apart from the more ordered and symmetrical quilts produced around the same time. It is, in fact, this homespun quality that invites viewers to take a closer look at the biblical scenes being depicted, which include Noah's Ark and the white dove, John baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River, and Jesus with the twelve apostles. The artist included her own name and the title of the piece near the bottom edge. ***This piece appeared in the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From the American Folk Art Museum which toured nationally from 2014 to 2017. Highlights from Self-Taught Genius can be seen now through January 2018 at the newly opened Self-Taught Genius Gallery at 47-29 32nd Pl, Long Island City, Queens. Open Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 5 PM and free to attend.
Image: "Sacret Bibel" Quilt Top, Susan Arrowood (dates unknown), possibly West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, 1875–1895, cotton, silk, wool, and ink, with cotton embroidery, 88 1/2 × 72 in. Gift of the Amicus Foundation, Inc., and Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, 1986.20.1. Photo by Schecter Lee.
#wip work in process. Can you guess what ballet I’m obsessed with at the moment? That should be pretty obvious! Also, trying out new photography style for my illustrations. What do you think? Are the flowers too much? #tayasuisketches