Andrew Blanchard’s silk screen works on paper or panel are compiled from photographs he takes driving through small Southern towns. By assembling and stacking various pictorial signifiers to form what he calls Dixie Totems, he conveys the complexities of the American South and the overlapping narratives that make up a place. Blanchard cites as some of his influences Southern writers Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Jesmyn Ward, and Kiese Laymon and contemporary visual artists Bo Bartlett, Bret Amory, Mark Bradford, and William Christenberry.
Andrew Blanchard was born in the wild swamps of Louisiana and raised in Waveland, a small beach community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At a young age, he became fascinated with the bold, curvilinear woodcuts of another Coast native, Walter Anderson, whose work ignited Blanchard’s lifelong interest in printmaking.
Blanchard now has a BA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from the University of Mississippi. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in over one hundred national and international juried printmaking exhibitions. He is currently the Associate Professor of Printmaking and Photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.