So Many Twin Towers
Assorted fabrics and digital prints
31 3/4” x 37 1/2”
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
"My work is inspired by traditions of visual storytelling
and improvisation in the quilts created by Sea Island needle artists.
My ancestors and elders are my muses, always with me in my dreams
at my sewing table. This piece was created as a gut response to
the bombing of Afghanistan and other inhumane and inappropriate
reactions to the bombings on 9/11. These actions and subsequent
invasion of Iraq, violations of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, have added innumerable innocent deaths and ruined lives
to the toll of the tragedy of the twin towers."
N'Diaye is an anthropologist, visual artist, Cultural Heritage
Specialist and Curator at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife
and Cultural Heritage and a Research Associate, Michigan State University
Museum. N'Diaye grew up in a Carribean family where she learned
at an early age a love of needlework from her elder aunts and a
love of working with cloth from her mother Patricia Croney and her
teacher, New York couturier Zelda Wynn. She also counts artist and
quiltmaker friend Faith Ringgold as an early mentor and influence.
In the early 1980s, Dr. N'Diaye was a member of the Urban
Fiber Artists. Her work was featured in the juried exhibition Folk
Art-Traditions and Innovations at Harmony Hall Gallery, Fort Washington,
Maryland, in 2007.