Blown Out Black Mama's Belly

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Rubber inner tube, cloth, wire coat hanger
84 x 22 x 4 inches
Collection of
High Museum of Art

Lonnie Holley describes Blown Out Black Mama's Belly as "a tribute to any woman who suffered to have a baby," but it also specifically honors his own mother. The 27 children she gave birth to are represented by an equal number of unique pieces of fabric tied to the piece.