Appalachian Spring

 “Appalachian Spring” seeks to give agency to the women of Appalachia and highlight the rich heritage that the region has contributed to American culture, as well as the stereotypes it has perpetuated. Despite its poverty, religious misconceptions, perceived political leanings and propensity to be taken advantage of, Appalachia is filled with a distinction and beauty that is often overlooked. Through the traditions of folk art and storytelling combined with traditional portraiture and figuration, the importance of women’s roles as caretakers, heroines, and constants that permeate the culture and history of Appalachia is reconstructed.