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“Lazy Gal” Work-Clothes Quilt

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“Lazy Gal” Work-Clothes Quilt

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Annie Mae Young
American, 1928–2013





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95 x 72 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


The physical isolation of the small farming community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, nestled in a tight crook of the Alabama River, has led to an extraordinary flowering of visual culture. Learning from and playing off of each other’s design ideas, the women of Gee’s Bend have developed a spirited and inventive quilting practice that fuses tradition with innovation and accepted forms with individual inspiration. Annie Mae Young’s Lazy Gal quilt illustrates the Gee’s Bend tradition of constructing quilts from discarded work clothes. The addition of one small square of contrasting color and fabric is a characteristic form of visual punctuation.


Purchase with funds from Peggy, Margaret, and Mary Rawson Foreman and gift of the artist and the Tinwood Alliance in honor of Rawson Foreman

Image Copyright

(c) Annie Mae Young