PERCEPTION & IDENTITY

VOLUME II, ISSUE #2

These three visual artists, all born and raised in the South, tackle expressions of identity in their work. But does being an artist in the South necessarily mean one makes Southern Art? We get their viewpoints and more.

REVOLT AGAINST THE DOUBLE BIND

BRAD RHINES

Painter John Westmark incorporates sewing patterns into narrative work about the metaphorical battle women fight against oppression. In his version, it's an ongoing struggle with myths, martyrs, and moments of glory.

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KATRINA ANDRY

RYAN SPARKS

Katrina Andry's giant prints with woodcut reductions dramatically illustrate the negative stereotypes minorities have been burdened with. We talk with her about the directness of her confrontational work and the intricate design details she brings to each piece.

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JOHN HARLAN NORRIS

RYAN SPARKS

Painter John Harlan Norris creates a new type of occupational portrait where the subject is solely expressed through the symbols of his role. His work explores the powerful attraction of archetypes in a world where our personal identities are scattered, unbalanced, and unstable. 

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SOUTHERN IDENTITY CRISIS

BRAD RHINES

A personal essay about the volatility of Southern signifiers and why we embrace some and hide others, both in art and the real world

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