In remembrance





I never really know what to say when a friend loses a child.  As an artist I often speak better through my paintings than anything I could ever say.  I make these for families at no charge to help them heal and remember the beauty that was.  I collaborate with the parents to make the piece specific to them, it blesses my heart to be able to in such a difficult time somehow help.






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 In remembrance

  1. That is such a lovely thing to do.

  2. This is so touching. I think it can’t be larger grief in the world than to lose a child.

  3. agostinoarts says:

    There is some beautiful work here on your site. What you are doing with it is so very thoughtful.

    thank you liking my recent post about the masquerade photos of Phyllis Galembo.

    • toccopolasam says:

      Thank you, I have become a follower of you. I like what you are doing with making people aware of the injustice surrounding us with the use of art and information.

  4. N Filbert says:

    really like the use of language & texture in these – providing a substance to absence

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