The Easel

Artist Bisa Butler stitches together the African American experience

Quilting has deep roots in African American history. Butler has radically extended that tradition by taking it into portraiture, a genre with its own cultural connotations. Her “hybridized” works of appliqué and painting, all about black identity, resonate with this #BLM moment. For a relatively new artist, her works are receiving unusually widespread coverage. Images are here and video (6 min) here.