photographed 8-13-2020
photographed 8-13-2020

Pressed Iron Blossom No. 2


Artist
Willie Cole (American, b. 1955)
Date
2005
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet : 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x 76.2 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2014.3

Label
Willie Cole is a contemporary African American artist best known for using found objects to create sculptures, paintings and prints that comment on race relations, social history and cultural exchange. Images of steam irons and ironing boards appear frequently in Cole’s work. As symbols of domestic servitude, the steam irons and ironing boards function as reminders of class, race and gender divisions in American society. Cole also uses irons to evoke the forms and loading diagrams of 18th-century slave ships. However, in Pressed Iron Blossom No. 2, the negative connotations of the steam iron are belied by the cheerful colors and floral design that more closely recall African American quilt patterns.

Object Type
Print