To understand Hunter, you must understand her relationship with the mysterious and eccentric François Mignon, a pathological liar who also recognized the truth of her art, but, more than anything else, you must understand Hunter’s muse, Melrose Plantation, a place every bit as complex and contradictory and conflicted about its past as Mignon.
Clementine Hunter post archive
The iconic American folk artist Clementine Hunter conducted a series of oral interviews in the 1970s.
For the first time ever, a transcript of one of those interviews is being made available to the public on the Bayou Brief, courtesy of LSUA’s Sue Eakin Archives.
Three decades after her death at the age of 101, Clementine Hunter is now considered one of the most important folk artists in American history.
In this multi-part investigative series, the Bayou Brief explores the life and legacy of Louisiana’s most consequential painter and the ways in which her work has been both rightfully celebrated and criminally exploited since her death.