French Deep Sea Water Turtle

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Housepaint on wood
24 x 23.75 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Tolliver considered his renderings of turtles stand-ins for self-portraits. After an injury at the McLendon Furniture Company where he worked disabled him, and forced him to walk with crutches, he often compared himself to the slow-moving animals.