Interview with Bisa Butler

I hesitate to use the phrase “a force to be reckoned with” when describing the work of Bisa Butler. It’s an overused expression, one that does not capture the distinctive importance and brilliance—brilliant in the sense of being smart and masterful, but also when referring to the vibrant hues that adorn her quilt portraits. In her practice, Butler creates life size portraits of African-Americans through the underappreciated tradition of quilting. Yes, her work is a ‘force,’ a potent, spirited energy that is alive in each patch, thread, and square of her quilts.


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