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Orange tissue paper flower made by Herman Wallace while incarcerated

Catalog Data

Created by:
Herman Wallace, American, 1941 - 2013  Search this
Subject of:
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835  Search this
Medium:
paper (fiber product) and cloth
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 10 5/8 × 1 7/16 × 7/8 in. (27 × 3.7 × 2.3 cm)
Type:
paperwork
flowers (plants)
make-dos
Place used:
Angola, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
after 1972
Caption:
According to the artist Maria Hinds, who collaborated with Herman Wallace and the photographer Matthew Thompson on the project Surviving Solitary, Wallace loved flowers, particularly roses. He once shared a story about trying to grow flowers and plants in his cell which failed miserably due to the lack of natural light and soil. He did manage to get a potato to grow some roots in a cup of water. This rose was made by manipulating pieces of paper which were dyed or colored using whatever pens and markers he had access to and cut out using a (contraband) razor blade and nail clippers. Wallace gifted a number of similar paper flowers to supporters over the years, one of the many ways he continued to engage in social and political life despite his confinement.
Description:
An orange handmade tissue paper rosebud flower made by Herman Wallace while incarcerated at Angola Prison. The small paper flower is delicately constructed with intricately layered petals and a wrapped tan and green stalk.
Topic:
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Craftsmanship  Search this
Design  Search this
Men  Search this
Nature  Search this
Prisons  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maria Hinds
Object number:
A2018.36.1.15.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Herman Wallace Archival Collection
Classification:
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5705163f9-8741-46f1-b5ee-0728154dba00
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_A2018.36.1.15.2