Self-Taught Art

Aurelia Johnson

Aurelia "Mama" Johnson drew with colorful felt-tip markers. Her forms were simply outlined and filled with unending circles that spiral and overlap. The lines continue beyond the forms, across the paper to go nowhere and everywhere. Without attention to traditional technique Mama Johnson created and explored a world of her own, of "Missionary Girls Out to Do Good" and "Aliestos," her term for aliens.

10" x 7.5"
marker on paper, signed on verso

11" x 17"
marker on paper, signed on verso

15" x 11"
marker on paper, signed

18.75" x 12.5"
marker on paper, signed

12.5" x 18.75"
marker on paper, signed

18.75" x 12.5"
marker on paper, signed

18" x 12"
marker on paper, signed

17" x 14"
marker on thin board, signed on verso

18.75" x 12.5"
marker on paper, signed

17" x 14"
marker on thin board, signed on verso