Innocence is dead

#1 in teen pregnancy again in Mississippi, at least were good at something.Imageacrylic, paint pens, mixed media, saliva, and a heavy heart on 16×20 canvas


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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14 Responses to Innocence is dead

  1. thoughtofvg says:

    Hi, i’ve just given you the versatile Blogger Award. Just follow the link to my blog for the info about it. Congratulations 🙂

  2. Alli Farkas says:

    I think you can apply that old recommendation to writers–“write what you know”–to artists too. You do it very well, and I’m sure you have a wealth of material to work from. Thanks for visiting my blog and keep up your efforts!

  3. wreichard says:

    Love the painting and the description!

  4. wreichard says:

    You’ve got me there…

    • toccopolasam says:

      My thought is are we as Southerners so “innocent” to the thought of sex that we forget the reality that our children are exposed to it on every level and yet we still act like it’s the 50’s and the sexual revolution never came to the south. Maybe innocence is not dead and perhaps it should be. Is exposure to the truth of sex the answer to our problem or is it more?

      • wreichard says:

        Today’s world barely resembles the one even I grew up in (the ’70s). Kids are “wordly” in ways many adults aren’t. I think naivete should go, but I’m not so sure about innocence. We have to prepare kids for the time when that starts to drop away, but they seem almost cheated of that childhood wonder and trust. Complicated questions for sure.

      • toccopolasam says:

        Where I’m from children are cheated out of there innocence at age 5.

      • toccopolasam says:

        Perhaps Im bitter

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