“Blue Funk" by Brenetta Ward. Quilt; 54.5"x 41.5"; Mud Cloth, African cotton, Indonesian batik, machine quilted.
A convening of kin, printed remnants of pasts, strips of treasured tones, needles poised to puncture overlapping layers. Building monuments to keep us warm and honor our existence.
The African American tradition of quilting has historically been held by Black women. Intimate spaces serve as independent schools where wisdom, techniques, imagery and the multitude of Black stories are transmitted with care through generations.
Quilting continues to be an important art form for Black people that is fed by our power to define our own narrative. Compositions serve as textured witnesses to history, sites of remembrance and resistance, expressions of present day values and experiences.
Brenetta Ward’s abstract quilts, like the walls in the home they hang from, surpass the primary function of their form. Blue Funk invites Brown spirits into the circle. Cloth resists and absorbs to tell familiar stories of improvised movement through time and space.
Brenetta Ward is a Seattle-based fiber artist and third generation quilter with formal training in Fiber Arts. Her work has been published, exhibited nationally and included in public and private collections. Brenetta uses traditional quilting techniques, ethnic textiles and African design aesthetics to create Quilted Legacies. Brenetta said, “As a fiber artist, I believe quilts have the power to nurture our spiritual needs for creativity, beauty and comfort.”