Outsider Artist Sister Gertrude Morgan
Instructed by God, Gertrude Morgan created intricate folk art.
In 1928, at the age of 38, God told Gertrude Morgan to become a street evangelist, so she left her family, moved to New Orleans, became a preacher on the streets and started an orphanage with two missionaries.
In 1956, God told her to begin painting, so she began her lifelong creation of folk art. A year later, god told her she was the bride of Christ so she began wearing a white habit and started integrating images of her bride self into her paintings.
As part of her work for God, Morgan also created music. In the early 1970s she released an album, Let’s Make a Record, which included her voice and tambourine playing. Decades later, in 2005, Ropeadope records released a successful remix of her music, King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, with contemporary beats and added instruments.
In 1974, her painting career ended when she received another revelation from God telling her to stop painting. She finished her life focused on preaching and poetry.
Post by Rachel Cassandra.