Thony Aiuppy is a visual artist, art educator, and writer. He holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His narrative paintings and portraits have been shown in solo and groups exhibitions in the Southern and Mid Atlantic U.S., including LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African-American Experience at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, The Light by Which We See at Andalusia Farm: Home of Flannery O’Connor, and Into That Darkness Peering at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. His art has also been featured in the literary journals Fiction Fix and Lunch Ticket.
Image courtesy of Bo Jolly
Work, labor, and economy have been areas of focus in my art practice over the last several years. Before I began my journey as a visual artist and educator, I worked blue collar jobs in the printing and manufacturing industries. Manual labor, the daily grind, hustling, however you describe work and employment, says a lot about a person, their culture, and where they “fit” within the social constructs of their community and society. These themes relate not only to my own story, but to the larger narrative of how the Deep South was built from Reconstruction through World War II and how people are perceived and valued today.