SOUTHERN EXPOSURE-SUBMITTED WORK AND STATEMENTS BY MISSISSIPPI ARTISTS
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Joseph Prine III
"Through my service in the United States Marine Corps and my life in rural Mississippi, I have known customs and values that are largely not reflected in the current contemporary atmosphere. I look back to these traditions and those of the old masters to initiate in the conversations they have started; I seek to expand on them to reflect the current climate of the world. The world I witness daily is a vessel of contemporary visions that spring forth from convention. Never forgetting the old masters, in my paintings I display my inner battles with self, mental health, and the processing of past experiences. In my work, I use myself and my environment as symbols of the struggles of childhood as it relates to adulthood. In this exhibition of internal struggle, I seek to demonstrate the difficulties I face as a hunter in conjunction with the experience and fallout that comes with the loss of human life. My first-hand experiences with death, love, hatred, and survivor’s guilt are the driving force behind all things I make. I believe that my southern rural lifestyle, military service, and past traumas make my work unique in its context. I seek to tap into emotions that we all feel, with subjects that reflect who I am and where I come from."
The Little Yellow Building is the creative art studio of Mississippi artist Derek Covington Smith. TLYB was established in 2018 to help grow and promote visual art in the state through opportunity, exposure, and education.