The Shoe Lady — L.V. Hull


Viola “L.V.” Hull

Kosciusko, MS
Yard art and mixed media

L.V. is often referred to as “The Shoe Lady” because of her way with footwear. But shoes, it turns out, are just the tip of the iceberg. Every square inch was put to use. At her house you could have encountered more shoes, signs, and other odd stuff crammed into one small space than you ever thought was possible. We’re talking wall-to-wall artwork, arranged with barely enough room to squeeze through between the piles.

She figured that all kinds of things other people don’t want are just the things she needed. Making her art helped her laugh and brought people to her house from all over the world. People whom she’d never have met any other way. The slogans on her many hand-painted signs express her attitude nicely and concisely. For example, “Friends Are Hard to Find, Mind Your Business!”

duplicate (15903)(photo courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)

Bibliography & Links

“Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Folk Art Environments Coast to Coast, Art and Photographs from the Collection of Kelly Ludwig” by Kelly Ludwig, Kansas City Star Books, 2007.

“Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations” (the book), by Randy Mason, Michael Murphy and Don Mayberger, Kansas City Star Publishing, 2002.

On DVD – Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, “Southern Flavor”, KCPT, Kansas City Public Television, 1999-2001.

“Self-Made Worlds: Visionary Environments” by Roger Manley and Mark Sloan, Aperture, New York, 1997.

“Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art—A guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources” by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson, McFarland & Company, 2000.

“Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South”, Vol 2, Arnett, et al, 2001.

The Star-Herald

The Star-Herald

Detour Art Travel blog

Mississippi Folk Life