What It Means to be Southern

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ImageThis word cloud was created using a compilation of writings on what the south means to a group of random southern raised people.

I thought that it was an interesting reflection of the southern cultural identity. The Identity of Southern America is not so much a concrete thing but as shifting collection of ideas, collective experiences, and a shared past.

Understanding Identity

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Mixed media southern roots project

I have been working on this project for some time now. I have reclaimed discarded southern history textbooks and done extensive research on my family history. I am attempting to restore/ reclaim my history- the past- my family- and my roots- in an attempt to understand myself and my part in the world in which I live.

Lately most of my art revolves around this concept. Of understanding my place in our culture and history.

I feel that my identity lies beyond any and all of this and yet I cannot help but think that this information is invaluable in understanding my identity.