Religious folks like to say that God has a special plan for all of us. If that's the case for Atlanta's Sister Louisa, you can be sure that God has one hell of a sense of humor.
According to Sister Louisa's biography, she was leading a quiet life in a convent near Baton Rouge, Louisiana until she met the janitor, "Luscious" Lamar Thibideau. Their love affair caused Louisa to leave the convent in disgrace. The new couple hit road together, eventually ending up in an Airstream trailer here in Atlanta. These days, Louisa makes religious art from objects that "Luscious" finds for her.
Before Louisa's upcoming show at Aurora Coffee, we wanted to ask her a few questions about life after the convent. She's a little hard to get in touch with, but her good friend Grant Henry passed along our questions to her.
What was the best part of living in a convent? Did the sisters ever get together over a good bottle of communion wine and have a good old fashioned girls night?
The best part about living in the convent was the fact that I didn't actually have to live amongst the sinners. Oh, THAT, and the hats. My favorite book of ALL TIMES, was Dr. Seuss's CAT IN THE HAT. Communion? Honey, The Priest's and the Nuns know how to party! We love singing to hymns, but after several bottles of wine, singing RED RED WINE and WE ARE FAM---I---LY, ALL MY SISTERS AND ME....was a real party!
We hear that you had to leave because of your relationship with "Lucious" Lamar Thibideau. Can you tell us how you met and what happened?
"Luscious" Lamar Thibideau is irresistible. THAT apple, on THAT tree, compares minutely to the Temptation of "Luscious". All the girls and I used to blush when he'd come around cleaning THE CLOISTER, but I always get what I want. I'm competitive THAT way.
When did you start painting?
SISTER LOUISA started painting at a point in her life when all her experiences, ups and downs, we too much to contain within her body. The day she SAW THE LIGHT she knew that she had to share it with the world.
Where does "Lucious" find all these items for you to transform into art?
Well. A girl can't tell ALL her secrets. If you promise to keep it between you and I, "Luscious" is one of THOSE sinners. He's human. Sometimes I THINK he steals? There will be pretty pictures missing from THE CHURCH and it's Sunday School Rooms and they match IDENTICALLY to the one's my precious thing just brought me to use to share GOD'S LOVE! Being a good southern girl, I haven't said anything to him, my mother always told me that if I didn't have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all.
Who would you count among your influences?
I am blinded by the light of Jesus, but since you are my confidant, I'll let you know, that I know, that there are many paths to Glory! Buddha, Ghandi, Oprah, Eminem, Lady GaGa, and Children. Anyone who seeks the truth is GOD in their own authentic way and is inspirational to me.
Do you think you're able to reach more people now that you're in the secular world?
Honey, I just sit back here in my airstream trailer and paint the first thing that comes to my mind when I see these pictures. I didn't know that anyone has ever seen one. You have? I don't know what my friend Grant Henry, in Atlanta, does with those things? He gives me a dime for each one I do, he's so sweet and generous that way. I think he keeps them for himself? Not sure?
If you had a Last Supper, what would be on the menu?
What do you mean IF I had a Last Supper. Every meal I eat, every time I wake, every thing I say, i assume it's my last. THAT is the ONLY way to live!
Sister Louisa's Heaven and Hell opens on Fri., May 7 at Aurora Coffee in L5P. The reception begins at 7 pm.
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