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​Southern Gothic: Spiritual Sites and Evocative Spaces in Mississippi Art

McComb Public Library | McComb

Jack Kotz (1961- ), Heaven & Hell, Mathiston, Mississippi (detail), 1987, cibachrome print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of William Dunlap, 1999.003.

There’s no middle ground between God and the Devil in Mississippi, to paraphrase Richard Grant in his account of living in the Delta. To outsiders, Mississippi is alluring; there is a fascination with the deeply spiritual South whose history mingles throughout raucous juke joints, decaying prisons, and countless places of worship. Artists like John McCrady, Jack Spencer, and Lea Barton seem to revel in these mythic “middle grounds” that encapsulate the sometimes surreal and mystical spaces throughout Mississippi.

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