ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ceirra Evans is a Louisville-based painter who graduated from Spalding University in January 2021. This is her third time showing at Moremen Gallery.
Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Evans’ body of work Folklore depicts scenes directly from her early life in the foothills of the Appalachian region. While visible fondness and nostalgia in these paintings creates a sense of home, Evans must also grapple with the stereotypes about the region which mar the greater public’s and, at times, her own perception of the community.
In a world where the term “hillbilly” can at once bring to mind a memory of home while it also insults, Evans uses humor to sift through the discord. Images of smoking babies provide comic relief as they dissect the stigmas surrounding the holler.