Jimmy Lee Sudduth (aka Jimmie Lee Sudduth)
North America, American, Alabama
42 3/4 x 28 3/8 in. (109 x 72 cm)
Medium and Support:
Earth pigments and chalk on plywood
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Jimmy Lee Sudduth earned his reputation as an artist who utilized natural clays to create pigments for making his art. While many of his works employ what he termed “sweet mud” (that is, earth pigments mixed with sugary liquid as a medium), he also utilized the clays through a variety of other techniques. The “sweet mud” was, as its’ name implies, applied thickly to the surface of the support and created significant texture. However Sudduth also used dry clay almost as a substitute for pastel. In “Woman Churning”, the artist used a combination of clay and charcoal with thin washes of paint and mud to suggest the subject. The resulting composition has a lighter, more decorative character, with shapes and patterns creating the figure, who appears flatter but more integrated into the surrounding environment.