We Wear the Mask


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2947

Essay

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Artist Statement about work:
The poem "We Wear the Mask" was always special to me because as African Americans, we have worn many masks to survive at times and other time to affect change in the African American condition in this world. This quilt gives honor to Paul Lawrence Dunbar. The masks are deliberately set off-centered because that is how our people have to live - fighting to be centered.

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
Women of Color Quilters Network
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection: WCQN
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0071
InstInvContrNumF004a
2014:55.43

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
We Wear the Mask
SubjQuiltF025
Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask", African-American experience
interviewerF007e
Aleia Brown
DateDataF006b
3/30/2015
QuiltTopF054
Kellon, Gloria A.
QuiltedByF055
Kellon, Gloria A.
LocMadeF057a
Shaker Heights
ProvStateF057d
Ohio (OH)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
2006

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Artwork/wall hanging
GenderF098
Female
EthnicF101
African-American
NameGroupF120
Women of Color Quilters Network

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
25"
OverallLengthF012b
24"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Black
Blue
Brown
Green
Orange
Pink
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Date
Multiple Names
Message
Place
OtherTypeInscripF019a
Poem
ContInscripF020
We Wear the Mask P.L. Dunbar Gloria Kellon GLAAQN August 10, 2006 Also includes the entire poem on the back
DateInscripF020a
10-Aug-06
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
on back
OtherLocInscripF022a
Bottom left
LayFormatF024
Pictorial

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
2
BordDescF034
Blue border- 1/2", green border- 2", green border has the first two lines from Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask"- We Wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
Rayon
UniqueF037b
African fabric, beads, cowrie shells, mirrors
ConstrucF038b
Machine Applique
ConstrucF038g
Machine embroidery
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Front turned to back
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch
BindWidthF047a
1/4"
MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin
QuiltTechF049
Machine quilting

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

TopSourceF064
Original to maker
ExhibitListF067a
AAQDG Quilt Show Entered in a Great Lakes Competition

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt collector
OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
ProvenanceF058a
From the Collection of Carolyn Mazloomi
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Data Verification

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yes
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Beth Donaldson
dateverified
3
24
2017
CE

Extra Fields

OwnerZipF087
48824

Image Information

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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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image
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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and Michigan State University Museum
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
ImageConF075a
Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
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Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum, all rights reserved

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