Mrs. Senile

Mrs. Senile keeps broken glass around her windows to keep the rapist out. Mrs. Senile vacuums her grass every third Wednesday. Mrs. Senile puts No trespassing signs on her tree to keep the Indians out . Kids keep breaking into her bathroom and stealing her old spice. Mrs. Senile knows who you are and where you come from and on good days she will let you have some daffodils from her yard. 16×20 using paint pens, mixed media, saliva, tree bark, crazy juice, and fire

 

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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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