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Nelson Mandela
  • Leo Ransom
    born 1965
    born: Bonham, Texas, United States ; active: United States
  • Nelson Mandela, 2015
  • Where object was made: United States
  • 100% cotton African fabric and 100% regular cotton fabrics, cotton and silk threads, Trans Web Fusible, wool batting
  • Object Height/Width: 23 x 21 3/4 in
  • Courtesy of Leo Ransom
  • Not on display
  • EL2018.083
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts", 02-Jun-2018
Ransom learned traditional quilt piecing from his home economics teacher in school. He returned to quilting a number of years later in 2011, and now combines portrait techniques with various forms of quilt-making. His source material comes from people he admires—including people who have died—and popular culture. In this quilt, Ransom honors the renowned world leader Nelson Mandela. This portrait of Mandela has been in five competitions and three other exhibitions. Ransom has also portrayed important women among those he honors with his quilt-making, including Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou.