Portrait by  Michael N. Foster

Church Goin Mule is a southern artist who was born and raised across the south, her kinfolk came from the mountains, though she lives in the swamp of Louisiana now.

Artist Statement

Church Goin Mule's work is a memory jug, a death-vase mash of the collective southern past, pearls and rusted nails, song and story, lore and loss. The mule is our common ground, the creature that every man, woman and child of all origin knew, in a time before t-models and tractors. In a time of remarkable and perhaps increasing polarity, the mule is our grounding rod, pointing to not a better past, but a different one. Every person who worked, worked alongside a mule. The blues was born behind a plowing mule. Stories and poems, jokes and songs were prolific about the south's four legged machine. Like much of our history, it's been forgotten and framed to tell a different tale. That story is a well known one, of glory and triumph. Our true story, our true flag is the white one of surrender, and of hard work, poverty and loss. The mule was the first hybrid and he was always there, able to work harder, live longer, eat less. He stood beside moonshiners, levee builders, cotton farmers, timber-haulers, oil drillers, sugar cane men. He worked six days and brought his folks to church and town on the seventh.

Gallery Affililations

Press

Featured in Acadiana Profile - “Lost History Found on Four Legs.” By Will Kalec.

Featured in The Current - “Southern Graphic.” By Wendy Raffel.

Featured in Country Roads - “100 Days of Mississippi.” By Chris-Turner Neal.

Exhibitions

2019

Upcoming:

One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel, group show pop-up, Oxford, MS. October 26th.


Armadillo Gallery, Solo Show, “Church Goin Mule,” Denton, TX. November.

Smith & Lens, Group Show, “Women of Color,” Bay St. Louis, MS.

The Greenhouse on Porter, Solo Show, “Church Goin Mule,” Ocean Springs, MS.

Levee Contemporary, Group Show, “Weather Appropriate”, Princeton, WI.

Main Street Gallery, Group Show, “Finster Forward,” Clayton, GA.

MS Rezny, Juried Show, “Not Big (5),” Lexington, KY.

James May Gallery, Juried Show, “Water,” Algoma, WI.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Juried Show, “Water, Water,” Ocean Springs, MS.

Gallery R, Solo Show, “A Miracle of Mules,” Lafayette, LA.

Old Courthouse Arts Council, Juried Show, “Identity,” Woodstock, IL.

Gallery Edit, Group Show, “Edit: Waiting,” Richmond, VA.

Kirkwood Arts Council, Solo Show, “Missouri River Running Mule,” Kirkwood, MO.

Residency


Azule Artist Residency, Hot Springs, NC. September.

2018

Almost Circle Gallery, Two Person Show, “Saints + Superstitions,” Biloxi, MS.

Craven Arts Council, Juried Show, Bank Of The Arts, New Bern, NC.

Oxford Tree House Gallery, Group Show, Mary Day, Oxford, MS.

The Hallway at the Warehouse, Group Show, Lafayette, LA.

Gallery 333, Victory Garden, Group Show, Lafayette, LA.

Kelly Guidry Art Studio, Summer Open House, Group Show, Breaux Bridge, LA.

Residency

The Martyn House Artist’s Residency, Ellijay, GA, September.

2017

Arrow, Solo Show, Church Goin Mule, New Orleans, LA.

Lounge Gallery, Solo Show, Untitled, Lafayette, LA.

Smith & Lens, Group Show, Dolly Should, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Kelly Guidry Art Studio, Fall Open House, Group Show, Breaux Bridge, LA.

2016

Smith & Lens, Group Show, Dolly Should, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Gallery 333, Group Show, Painting Invitational, Lafayette, LA.

Reve, Two Person Show, Tapestries & Mules, Lafayette, LA. Smith & Lens, Solo Show, Church Going Mule, Bay St. Louis, MS.

Warehouse 535, Juried Group Show, Warehouse Project, Lafayette, LA.

Almost Circle Gallery, Group Show, Mark Makers Making Marks, Biloxi, MS.