Oak Grove Carpet Bags, E.I. Schutt line
Dixie Icons – Re-Visioning the Dixie Myth, an invitational exhibition held at the Firehouse Gallery in Georgia, invited southern print artists to revisit and reinterpret the images that framed the myth of Dixie. The exhibit opened in September 2011 and was timed to coincide with the Civil War sesquicentennial. These works were my response to a carpet bag ad from the 1920's.
Artist's Statement for the Dixie Icon's exhibition
My great, great aunt–Ellen Isham Schutt, or “Aunt Nelle” as she was referred to in my family, was an illustrator for the Department of Agriculture in the early 1900’s. A legend in our family, Nelle was a fiercely independent woman - a feminist ahead of her time. Growing up, I was always told that I was “talented like Aunt Nelle,” fostering my own sense of entitlement to be an artist and to be independent.