Image credit. When young, near a plantation by the Alabama River, Bill Traylor and his friends built a platform where they would spend summer days drinking and diving into the water. This drawing appears to depict that scene. Traylor rendered observations and memories using materials found in his immediate environment, working with pieces of discarded cardboard found on the street instead of clean paper. The smudges and stains of these available materials often became part of the work, as Traylor responded directly to the unpredictable traces of the world around him.
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