Black Art Matters is an affirmation of the importance and presence of Black Art socially, academically, culturally, and institutionally. It both teaches and celebrates the Black artist's contribution to the human experience.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of Willie Cole's Black Art Matters merchandise is donated to Wells Bring Hope whose mission is saving lives with safe water. Learn more at www.wellsbringhope.org.
Willie Cole's printmaking art is in the permanent collection of many major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and MoMA. Willie Cole constructs his assemblage sculptures from found everyday objects and imbues them with spiritual power through allusion and metaphor. With an ironic and frequently humorous edge, he consistently fuses elements drawn from his African-American heritage with those of contemporary consumer culture. In the mid-1980s he became preoccupied with the steam iron as a domestic, symbolic, and artistic object and began assembling irons into iconic figural forms reminiscent of tribal art. The idea for the scorch came out of his search for ways to infuse his art with the potency of its African sources.
"I didn't choose the steam iron, the steam iron chose me. My relationship with it began in 1988 when I spotted one on the street near my Newark studio, all flattened and discarded, looking up at me. Right away I saw it as an African mask, more specifically a Dan mask. And without a second thought, I brought it into my studio, photographed it, and made a list of all the things it suggested to me." -Willie Cole
- Triple layered fabric mask
- Adult sized
- Machine Washable
- Approximately 7 x 5"
- Plastic strap adjuster included
- Made in the USA