No paint is used in the making of these portraits. all of bisa butler’s (@bisabutler ) large-scale appliqué artworks are made up of tiny pieces of fabric — cut, sewn and quilted on a long arm sewing machine.
“my work celebrates the african american tradition of quilting and portrays the beauty, strength, pride and dignity of black people. i am inviting a re-imagining and a contemporary dialogue about age-old issues, still problematic in our culture, through the comforting, embracing medium of the quilt.
i am telling the story of ordinary people — black people — whose stories have been deliberately ignored, misconstrued or outright denied.
my subjects stand in defiance against racist stereotypes and show african americans as people who value family, community, education and hard work.
i hope people view my work and see the expressions of joy, the vibrancy of colors and the quiet dignity of my portraits. i am expressing what i believe is the equal value of all humans. i hope when people see my work they can see a reflection of themselves and come to terms with the truth of the matter — all people are created equal.”
art by @bisabutler