By Dorothy Sample Shawhan, Patti Carr Black, Tom Rankin, Kim Rushing
Raised in West Virginia, self-taught artist Carolyn Norris (b. 1948) moved as a tender girl of twenty-one to Cleveland, Mississippi, a vital Delta railroad city at the recognized blues street sixty one. To create one among her first work, she tore the wood backpedal a cloth cabinet to exploit as a canvas. She painted with to be had condominium paint and accomplished the portray with face make-up. therefore started the conclusion of a passionate have to paint.
Eventually, Norris got here to function the visible griot of Cleveland. She has used numerous media, portray on canvas, wooden, paper, cardboard, glass, plates, tiles, sheets, ground overlaying, and mirrors. She additionally makes use of her storage door as an incredible mural chronicling group occasions. In her outstanding photographs, Norris indicates day-by-day black lifestyles within the glossy Delta.
Spirit of the Delta includes one hundred fifteen colour photos pulled from Norris's twenty-five years as a painter. Her current art has been photographed via famous neighborhood photographer Kim speeding and copies of the works that now not exist were came upon at any time when attainable. The booklet encompasses a biographical essay on Carolyn Norris via Dorothy pattern Shawhan and an essay on her art through critic Patti Carr Black, who locations Norris inside of self-taught traditions. In an interview with folklorist Tom Rankin, which came about in 1991, Norris explains the centrality of paintings in her life.
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There’s one you will just like. But in the background it’s got everyday modern life. TERRY Is it the Mona Lisa or looks like her? CAROLYN It looks like her, it is. To me it is. I just got the background of everyday life in it. TERRY Did you see this picture of Mona Lisa in a book? CAROLYN In a book. About the artist. Done the best I could with her, and I just put the everyday life in the back. I can’t tell you how many pictures I done. TOM Try. CAROLYN I can’t. I can’t even begin to count ’em, either.
Uhm-hm. And it was on paper, and I glued it on that board and painted the scenery—you know. I did that a long time ago. CAROLYN Long time ago? Uhm-hm. Threw it in the corner and the paper got all messed up, and I was trying to save it, so I just made it into something else. TERRY And what about the one with the girls running? You don’t have that one in your studio anymore—the foot race? CAROLYN Oh, someone got that. I gave that to a lady who gave me sixty-four frames. TERRY Oh, really? CAROLYN Yes.
It’s in a TOM This tabletop? Ooh, yes. Be fantastic. CAROLYN Have you ever painted on glass? CAROLYN Hmmm. That’s what I’m sayin’, I got so much to do! I wanna do everything. DOROTHY Do you remember that little painting that Emma Lytle bought? That was on glass, wasn’t it? CAROLYN That was on the mirror. Yes, it was. I forgot about that, ’cause, see, the frame came apart and she wanted it anyway. And she said she was gonna put—yes, that was on the mirror. I can’t remember everything I paint. TOM I like the material you paint on—it’s diﬀerent.