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    Award-winning Art

         An original award-winning piece of American art history honoring  
and saluting the Centennial Celebration of Statue of Liberty - 1986.
                                                          

 
   "Dear Lady" - 1986     71" x 71"                          Iran Lawrence

American Museum of Folk Art, New York
   Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration - 1986

 

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                                         What is it? 

       "Dear Lady" is a piece of artistic heritage of America, saluting the Statue of Liberty's 100th birthday. The year was 1985 when Museum of American Folk Art in New York City launched a nationwide textile art / quilt competition in celebration of the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration for the following year - 1986.

The remarkable skills and talents of numerous artists across America were put to task in creating masterpieces worthy of the symbolic stature of the Statue of Liberty as the best in contemporary design / art and workmanship.

Twenty eight regional and national judges gathered in New York City to judge and select 52 pieces among the 1200 submitted pieces to represent the 50 States of the union, the United States Territories and Military Installations. The submitted pieces were judged based upon originality, overall appearance / design composition, and workmanship.

"Dear Lady" became an award-winning piece representing the First State in the Union - Delaware - in this magnificent collection. It was featured in a variety of publications including a book published by the American Museum of Folk Art in New York, as Expressions of Liberty. The collection traveled throughout the United States and abroad under the auspices of the Museum of American Folk Art for 3 years, and was featured at many major museums and galleries across America. Since then, it has been loaned many times to a variety of exhibits around the country. Several major museums such as Los Angeles Museum of Art have requested the donation of Dear Lady to become a part of their permanent collection.

The creation of Dear Lady took 11 months to complete. From research through the sketches, to design composition, and the perfect execution of all the expert hand-piecing of many bits and pieces of specially selected cotton and Dacron, to finally quilting it very meticulously with very small uniform stitches and the completion of it by December of 1985. It was submitted to the American Museum of Folk Art for judging in January of 1986. Only a very adroit level of expertise could examine this work of art and truly attest to the level of competence utilized in creating it. A Museum's Award Ceremony, followed by a Press Preview Party was followed by the Opening Exhibition in New York City in April of 1986.


                                                What it means

        As an Iranian/American, when I was invited to participate in this very honorable, noble and exciting competition, my imagination suddenly exploded with creativity and excitement in embracing many national ideals that the Statue of Liberty represents. Having endured through the limitations and barriers of my own culture in the East, I couldn't help but cherish what liberty and freedom meant to me by expressing them through this very special and extraordinary project.

My imagination was rich with ideas as I was sorting through a gamut of visual possibilities in creation of this piece; but I knew at the same time, that I had to distill my ideas into only a few very simple, meaningful and significant historical symbols to artfully communicate our national ideals within a 70"- 72" square piece of art, skillfully enough, so that it could universally and at first glance, burst and pulsate with the aesthetic essence of pride, honor and patriotism; as the purpose of the piece was to be an artistic centennial celebration of the Lady Liberty standing tall at the gateway to the free world! Thus, an abstraction of the US Flag became the backdrop for my composition.

A few months later, the final composition of my work was born, where its most prominent part became the Liberty Torch itself in the center medallion surrounded by the spikes of her crown as a transitional visual burst into the overall echo of the theme - a historical jubilee!

The eagle’s wings stands for pride and strength in a soaring position, as its claws transforms into the stand holding the Liberty Bell in a striking position; and the arrows represent the wars America has fought to preserve peace and democracy in the world.

The thirteen red and white stripes and the thirteen blue stars above the torch symbolize the 13 original colonies. White signifying purity and innocence, red for hardiness and valor, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice - as the yellow rays of light emanating from the torch, show the way, representing a destination of hope and optimism - as if a lighthouse - for all those who seek freedom and liberty in America.

The wreath is an intertwined branch of olive and laurel is a tribute to the American cultural achievement. Olive branch for peace, goodwill and victory, is derived from the customs of ancient Greece. The laurel branch is also derived from the ancient Greeks who unlike Romans never waged wars for the purpose of occupancy. Thus, it is a symbol of victory, honor and clemency; where traditionally, graduates, artists, poets, champions and scholars received wreaths of laurel as a symbol of praise and honor. Hence, successful and advanced graduates of universities and learned men became known as laureates, such as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Additionally and primarily, the laurel branch represents a series of inner victories achieved by the individuals spiritually, which then through the clarification of their inner aims and purposes achieve outward victories and honor. The five pointed 50 white stars not only represent the 50 states in the union, but also, a five pointed star most commonly signify the spirit; all floating freely on a star-strewn blue background symbolizing truth.


                                                 Framing

        The method used in framing this piece is very much aligned with the recommendations made by the Smithsonian Museum for textile art preservation. The artwork is very meticulously and through a separate band of Dacron is safely hand-Velcro-ed on the back edges to be then fastened to its own stretched canvas very smoothly and then stitched, fastening the back of it to the canvas every 2-3 inches to protect the work from the stress of its own weight and gravity. The piece then hangs much like a 71" x 71" paining on a 70" x 70" slightly concealed frame. The piece also has a 3 ½" sleeve on the upper part of its back to be hung freely through a rod for a temporary exhibition. 

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