2017 Mixed media 91.4 x 121.9 cm / 36 x 48 in
Dawn Williams Boyd’s (b. 1952 in Neptune NJ; lives and works in Atlanta GA) self-described ‘cloth paintings’ masterfully reinterpret the traditional craft of quilt-making in a contemporary context. Working on a monumental scale, Boyd employs a collage-like technique, stitching together scraps of fabric into intricate compositions. Utilizing art historical references, current events, and religious tropes as narrative frameworks, her cloth paintings chronicle seminal moments in African American history and quotidian scenes of Black American life.
The solo exhibition, ‘Dawn Williams Boyd: Woe,’ was recently on view at the Dodd Galleries at the University of Georgia, Athens GA. In 2022 the exhibition will travel to the Everson Museum, Syracuse NY and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY.
© Dawn Williams Boyd. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort, New York. Photo credit: Ron Witherspoon