As a child, my mother often told me stories from her early childhood in the back woods of Louisiana. I can remember tales of milking cows before dawn, swimming in ponds with snakes and riding hogs like horses. She also said that her family grew, raised or made everything they needed except flour. They “store bought” their flour, and my grandmother used the cotton sacks the flour came in to make new dresses for the girls. This body of work, "Flour," is a tribute to the strength and creativity of several generations of women, and the men around them, who out of craftiness and necessity were and still are able to raise their families up against constant challenges, all the while thanking God. The works are my interpretation of old master religious paintings, with their intricately rendered fabric patterns, and the visual elevation of the figure. It is my hope to take a quilted portrait and normally overlooked scraps and elevate it to old master religious painting status.
- Art form: 2-D
- Medium: Pigment Prints on Fabric and Vintage Flour Sacks
- Year created: 2012