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Four Patch with Damage
  • Mary Anne Jordan
    born 1957
    born: Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • Four Patch with Damage, 2014
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • dyeing, cotton, quilting
  • Object Height/Width: 85 x 83 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, W1
  • 2018.0039
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"This Land", 15-Oct-2016
Four Patch with Damage includes several themes that can often be found in Jordan’s work, such as references to traditional quilt patterns, connections to other design mediums, and the presence of the hand. Here, Jordan uses dripping color to suggest the process of making and the idea of possible mistakes.

The four-patch block represents one of the earliest forms of patchwork. In this pattern, four pieced squares form a larger square. In Jordan’s quilt and an earlier example of a four-patch block by Carrie Hall, the nearly infinite design potential for squares made of squares becomes apparent.