Wild Re Work

I’m constantly re working my paintings, never satisfied I think I made my latest painting of my daughter even better.


The checkerboard in the back ground represents two things; one, she loves to play games, and two, she loves to be the first to enter a room with lightening speed.  The Indian headdress is an exaggeration of her ego, and also her imagination, both bigger than she is.  The pink and blue zigzags exemplify her constant movement, and burst of energy.  She is my American princess with a being that is all her own.  She flutters like a butterfly, with energy off the charts.  She is the most amazing blur of energy I have ever known.




About toccopolasam

Artist Statement: I'm an outsider artist of women's traditional arts. I've been categorized both as a folk artist and south Gothic artist. I'm not sure either category fits me, but I know my art is informed by a feminine gaze. I distrust labels of this kind. Like my grandmother sewing, I do this because I consider it beautiful. I believe in making art that has a narrative, one that creates an ambiance contributing to the visual effect of the work. Like all Southerners raised in the specter of Lost Cause discourse, memories haunt me and my work as an artist. Although southern Gothic is generally rendered in ockers and gray because of multiple layers of decay on the genre, I use garish, Madi Gras colors in defiance of the myth that Scarlett O Hara is alive and well and living in Toccopola. My art searches the landscape for signs of the new south, I'm trying to scrape off the Mary Kay and show the real face however pock-marked of lady antebellum.
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7 Responses to Wild Re Work

  1. toccopolasam says:

    oooh, and the glitter is a must because everything is better with glitter, or so says the model.

  2. It’s really nice 🙂 I have a thing for surrealism, it’s one of my favourite styles. I like how you got her hobbies and personality into your work. With her vibrant surroundings I think her face should look just as vibrant? It does come of a little bare. But that is of course, simply my opinion 🙂

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