"Creativity helps us realize that we don't have to understand everything. We can enjoy something -feel it and use it- without ever fully comprehending it."
She is perhaps best known for her story quilts. Beginning with Echoes of Harlem, 1980, on which she collaborated with her mother, Ringgold's story quilts blur the line between traditional craft and fine art, while depicting family and collective cultural experience. Ringgold published her first children's book based on her quilt Tar Beach in 1991, which received numerous awards and has been followed by many other publications.
Faith Ringgold is a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist. From 1955 to 1973 Ringgold taught in New York City public schools and spent many summers in Provincetown, MA, painting. Her early paintings addressed civil rights and other political issues.