It is good of you to use your blog to spread the word about artists of Louisiana and elsewhere. Your description of this previously unknown medium (encaustic) was fascinating to me and reminded me of an artist and sculpture, Bob Fowler of Houston, Texas (now sadly deceased). He did many collages and metal sculputres (one of which I own) and lived in the parish where Helen and I were married (Dec. 1969). He created a wonderful collage for the wall behind the main altar of St. Augustine church (near my former hometown of Pasadena). As I remember, it included newspaper segments, and bas-relief type sculpture. He used rich blues and deep reds that made the work stand out without being garish. I am not sure if that piece still exists in the church but I am curious. Thanks again for educating us.
Wendy, this piece brings back memories of my last two trips to Louisiana, the many photos I took on those trips, and my own history there. In "66 I traveled regularly from Baton Rouge to Thibodaux for field work when I was in graduate school at LSU (social work). Now I only have memories of the poverty I saw there, right next to the natural beauty of the sugarcane fields after harvest and the Bayou Lafouche... and... of course, the Sunshine Bridge. Thanks to you and Gould for this delightful journey back to my beloved southern Louisiana. - Glenn Currier
Mama (Inez Durand Currier) made a wonderful gumbo. I remember with particular relish the turkey gumbo she made after Thanksgiving. I can still taste it as I write this. When I went to LSU graduate school of social welfare (1967) I called and asked her to send me the recipe for roux. She just laughed and said, "Cher, I don't have a recipe, you'll just have to watch me." Which I did the next time had a chance, but I still can't get it exactly the shade of brown it should be. I guess I have been too corrupted (from my Louisiana origins) by too many years in Texas (since I was 9 years old). Unfortunately, I never really picked up French but opted for Spanish - more popular and necessary in Texas.
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