What do the red lines symbolize?
Great question! This work by Sanford Biggers is meant to reference a quilt like those used on the Underground Railroad, and suggest a similar navigation by the stars. The form is meant to evoke star charts, as well as clouds of cotton, which also appear in Biggers' work.
Many of his quilts in this series also include dance notation and imagery from Edo Period Japan. All of these associations open up possible readings of the piece. How were you interpreting the red lines?
Blood (esp. the dripping)
I can definitely see how it looks like blood, and Biggers is certainly engaging with a history of violence. That didn't even occur to me, thank you for pointing it out!
He also often brings spray painting into these quilt works, which encourages the dripping.
I like the juxtaposition of the different layers (of history and material).
As do I. That is a common quality in Biggers' work. He describes it as a desire for a "both/and" rather than an "either/or" reading.
That's great thanks a lot!