Borne by the River

Sanford Biggers American

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Composed of antique and kimono fabric with gold leaf, Borne by the River is a compelling example of Sanford Biggers’s work in the medium of quilt-making, one with which he began working in 2009 to explore social, political, and economic issues and the larger historical circumstances that bore them. "[Quilts are] portals, in a sense," he once observed. "I consider them between painting, drawing and sculpture, and a repository of memory—the memory of the body." Much of his work in quilt-making engages the (disputed) theory that people along the Underground Railroad shared crucial information in codes embedded in quilts hanging at safe houses and other way points.

Borne by the River, Sanford Biggers (American, born Los Angeles, California, 1970), Antique quilt, quilt fragments, kimono fabric, gold leaf

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