"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Abraham Lincoln

This 2012 portrayal of Abraham Lincoln entitled “Afro Abe II” by Sonya Clark is on display in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
“Clark uses embroidery, weaving, and braiding to manipulate cotton thread, human hair, and grooming accessories in ways that address social issues ranging from beauty to slavery. Clark created her first two Afro Abe pieces when Barack Obama was running for president. After he won, she created forty-two more to commemorate the forty-fourth presidency. Of Lincoln's hand­embroidered hair, she notes, ‘First, he looks much better with an Afro, and secondly, it's crowning the emancipator with the hair most associated with black liberation and power.’” -- NMWA

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