Video and Installation
According to the story, in the 1700s, a young French girl named Adrienne disguised herself as a cabin boy named Jean in order to follow her beloved to the New World. Because of her small size, the other sailors nicknamed her “Petit Jean,” French for “Little John.” She is believed to have caught swamp fever and died in her lover's arms on top of Petite Jean Mountain in Arkansas. There her burial mound sits on top of the mountain. Legend says that her spirit followed her lover's explorations to the Ozark mountains. That is where she became infused with the moss rocks of the mountains, and Aux Ox was born. Locals often cook gourmet meals as offerings to Petite Jean in hopes she will send them lovers. Aux Ox is said to come out on snow days and lighting up the caves in our area.