Crayon, pen, pencil, and paint on paper cut-out mounted on paper
Support size: 12 x 9 inches

As published in: Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

As exhibited in:
Imaginary Landscapes: Stories from the American South, 2022, The Bascomb: A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, North Carolina

Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, 20182021, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

Born in Long Creek, North Carolina, Minnie Evans embraced her creative sensibility late in life, when in 1935 a divine voice told her to “draw or die.” From that moment on, Evans conscientiously produced her signature chromatic, mythical drawings, sometimes executing as many as seven in one day as a form of religious discipline. Characterized by hypnotic, repetitious patterns replete with facial features, flora, and fauna, she rarely diverged from these symmetrical abstractions; however, no two are identical. Evans refused to provide interpretation of her work, readily acknowledging her own mystification at its process and portent: “They are just as strange to me as they are to anybody else.”

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