Folk Music Paintings

A series of watercolor paintings representing the way American folk music has been reinterpreted since the time it was first recorded. Each canvas focuses on a single song; each horizontal line is one recorded version of the song. While researching this project, I found that, of the eight, John Henry has been covered the most times and Sugar Baby the least.

The vertical lines show influence (documented or perceived) between older and newer versions. Shifts in color show how each song has spanned different genres in its evolution.

Folk Music Paintings

From left to right: the songs C.C. Rider, In the Pines, Stagger Lee, and Sugar Baby.


While displayed, each painting had a gramophone box in front of it playing selected versions of the song it relates to.

Gramophone Box