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Bessie Harvey,Self-taught Folk Artist, was born in 1929 in Dallas, Georgia. As a relief from the rigors of motherhood and an abusive, alcoholic husband, she would late at night take tree roots and branches and bring out the images that she saw in them. She would create "dolls" in wood - often adding glitter, beads, and pieces of her own hair. She often "meditated" during the creative process and through her visionary art made communion with God.