To celebrate, I’m going to share a delicious painting (or three) by one of my favorite Southern artists.
Gladys Always Put A Rabbit’s Foot In Her Apron Pocket When She Made A Meringue
by Oxford, Mississippi artist Amy Cameron Evans
Amy is the Oral Historian for Southern Foodways Alliance where she gathers and documents the stories that make up the rich and varied food culture in the Southern U.S.
Camille’s Grandmother Loved Duke’s Mayonnaise and Costume Jewelry
It’s this embrace of the gorgeously eccentric personalities of the South, while still embracing and celebrating its traditions (like Dukes’ Mayonnaise and dill pickle chips) that I love about her work.
Velma Had A Secret
I also love the visual storytelling. Storytelling, yarn-spinning, layered, complex, absurd, hilarious, colorful, evocative, is to me a defining characteristic of “Southerness.” And Velma Had A Secret is about as loaded a four-words-and-a-painting short story as it gets.
To see more of her artwork, follow these links: