Cardigan Worn by One Woman of the Boeing Five, Tried for Entering the Boeing Nuclear Missile Plant on September 27th, 1983, Sentenced to Fifteen Days in the King County Jail for Defending Life on Earth
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Ellen Lesperance creates knitting patterns based on examples of sweaters she finds in archival photographs of female activists, and then uses these pattern paintings as guides for her hand-knit “historic” sweaters. The neatly lettered title on this painting links it to direct action and political resistance, tracing the radical history of women imprisoned for spearheading antinuclear encampments in the 1980s. Displayed together, Lesperance’s painting and sweater engage this activist history, literally and metaphorically offering a pattern for a new generation.
Wool sweater hand knit by the artist, and gouache and graphite on tea stained paper
a: 21 1/2 × 29 in. (54.6 × 73.7 cm)
frame (a): 27 × 34 1/2 in. (68.6 × 87.6 cm)
c: 6 × 14 × 17 1/4 in. (15.2 × 35.6 × 43.8 cm) (show scale)
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Purchase gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein
© Ellen Lesperance
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Ellen Lesperance (American, born 1971). Cardigan Worn by One Woman of the Boeing Five, Tried for Entering the Boeing Nuclear Missile Plant on September 27th, 1983, Sentenced to Fifteen Days in the King County Jail for Defending Life on Earth, 2011. Wool sweater hand knit by the artist, and gouache and graphite on tea stained paper, a: 21 1/2 × 29 in. (54.6 × 73.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein, 2012.18a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CUR.2012.18a-c_Ambach_Rice_photograph_Boeing_sweater.jpg)
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