"Housetop"

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1970
Cotton, cotton blends, denim, velveteen
79 x 76 inches
Collection of
Ackland Art Museum - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Description

Emma Lee Pettway Campbell dipped into the “Housetop” geometry, piecing large strips into loosely organized concentric squares on the quilt back in a reinterpretation of the conventional squares-within-squares on the front of the quilt. As she drew upon her knowledge of the rules and terms for a “Housetop,” she did so in ways that visually recalled the organizing design concept and then shattered it.