Death Is Swallowed Up By Victory

Death Is Swallowed Up By Victory

Three cloth paintings by Dawn Williams Boyd

November 12, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Artist Statement

Six decades after clothing my dolls with the scraps from my mother’s sewing room floor, I create ‘cloth paintings’ with scraps of fabric, garnered from myriad sources, to tell the stories of my people, my country and my times.

My work is occasionally humorous and warm hearted - it brings back memories of more peaceful, happier times. More often the work is controversial, forceful and sometimes bitter and heart wrenching as I retell the history and culture of this country from the perspective of the ‘other’ - the oppressed, the abused and the disenfranchised.

My ‘cloth paintings’ are large scale, vividly colored, richly textured and celebrate the human form. I use both the appliqué and piecing methods to sew scraps of fabric together. Machine stitches, hand embroidery, beads, sequins, cowrie shells, laces, silk ribbons and, occasionally, acrylic paints are added to embellish the surface. Each piece is drawn repeatedly over a seven to eight step process with implements ranging from a #2 pencil to a steel needle holding six strands of cotton embroidery floss.


Dawn Williams Boyd

Dawn Williams Boyd was born in 1952 in Neptune, New Jersey. She earned her BFA at Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1974. She has exhibited her works at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC; Southwest Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA; Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA; Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; and Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is included in the collections of The Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA and the Richardson Family Art Museum at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.


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