Author Archives: toccopolasam

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.

Abbey Road

Commission work. Mixed media on wood. 48inch x 48 inch I’m especially proud of this piece because of what it means to my customer and friend. 

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Square books

I was influenced by Shel Silverstein’s illustrations and Japanese ink and brush technique,thus inspiration birthed this painting .       

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All done

        The peacock is eight feet tall and five feet wide at the tail.  It was done using acrylic paint , minimal paintbrushes and primarily my fingers were used to paint the bird. 

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Peacock Mural 

Project for my oldest little bird       

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Mermaid

Mermaid process

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New work, he’s just different

Graphite work, he’s just different .

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What scares you

Last night was so surprisingly enjoyable! It’s nice to be able to speak to complete strangers about your art and they not only get it but are elated to meet the artist. I was one of the artist featured in … Continue reading

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It needed a kitten

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The danger of innocence

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Eerie and where my dad fits in

My dad’s birthday is Monday and me and pink Floyd killed it tonight! My father introduced me to art in some awesome ways, one being his comic book collection. I’m an illustrator of life and his guidance led me to … Continue reading

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