Between Two Cities is a capstone exhibition of the way my work has developed during my time studying at Austin Peay State University. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to London (and will be going back shortly), a place that held a lot of space in my head and imagination. Living in Middle Tennessee for several years now, I have fallen head over heels in love with Nashville, quite unexpectedly. I have lived in many places and enjoyed aspects of life in those locations, but I never expected to feel at home in any place, let alone in two. There’s a reason I can feel at home in two very different places because for me there are details that inspire me and connect me to the textiles, songs, and skyline. The work in this show is a sort of narrative to my love to both cities, there is work inspired by songs, cranes, clothing, and buildings. As an outsider, the work started as a way to document locations and as I have become familiar with the cities my eyes turn to details that meld together for me inspiring documentation in a new way. The work includes letterpress prints on reclaimed and deacidified paper, embroideries and oil pastel drawings on raw silk, non-representational drawings in naturally dyed wool and sequins, and mixed-media cityscape drawings. Many of the materials used in the works have been acquired at Turnip Green Creative Reuse, which works to divert usable materials from the landfill.
The exhibit will be part of the East Side Art Stumble on Saturday, September 12th from 6-9pm, showing at Main Street Art Gallery located at 625 Main St. Nashville, TN 37206, you’ll find the gallery entrance at the rear of the Paro South Building.
A sampling of the work below: