Born in Gee’s Bend, a small, black community in Alabama, Louisiana Bendolph is a well-renowned visual and textile artist among the younger generation of Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers. Incorporating shapes both dense and rich in color, Bendolph conveys abstracted pathways and emblems into her quilts and prints. Through varied geometries and compositions, Gee’s Bend quilts communicate the rich cultural history of African American quilting, often incorporating recycled clothes and fabrics to convey greater ideas of identity expression.
Bendolph was born in 1960 and has exhibited at the Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C., Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA, among other venues . Recently, her work was included in the 2019 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the U.S. Department of State, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.