Tricia Townes

Years ago I was inspired to work with family album photographs and childhood and ancestral memories in paint. When I was looking for a support for my early works on mylar, my teacher, Helen O'Leary suggested handkerchiefs as holders of memory and personal care and old style manners. Luckily, I had on hand handkerchiefs of my deceased Father's to use. As a Southerner, those old school values rang true for me. That impetus was reinforced by a studio visit with Beatrice Schall in North Carolina, where she showed me works she had done with old photographs affixed to drawers from old chests-of-drawers. The works of Betye Saar of evocative paintings on old handkerchiefs also are important antecedents for these works of mine.

Tricia L. Townes is a 1998 graduate of UNC-Greensboro's MFA program in Painting and Drawing. She is a native North Carolinian, and has attended various residencies, including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center, and Mass MOCA. She teaches at Tennessee State University.


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