This old town, she aint what she used to be

As an artist I’m never completely done with a piece until it’s sold and far away from me.  I often go back to things and re touch, or completely paint over if I’m bored with it.  I wasn’t satisfied with my girl on the roof so I re worked her and I love the results.

The story is this, I grew up hearing of a town of beautiful antebellum homes, women with pearls and swing dresses, men who worked hard every day except Sunday, and family values.  The reality is, the old girl has let herself go.  I saw faint whispers of what Toccopola once was growing up but that has since changed dramatically by the raw expression shown on her face today.  We may try to talk around the fact that she used to be a beauty, but it’s like putting makeup on a pig, no matter how hard you try to fluff her up, she’s still a mess in some areas.


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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4 Responses to This old town, she aint what she used to be

  1. Wow, “girl on the roof” has really evolved. Love her!

  2. Many thanks for following my blog, I love your artwork, you have developed a really unique style. Beautiful 🙂

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