All images c. Tina Gionis
Keeper, November 11-December 4, 2017
Red Arrow Gallery, East Nashville, TN
We are all migrants through time. -Exit West, Mosin Hamid
My paintings extend from an interest in landscape, architecture and language. My core iconography references grids, welcoming connections with fences, gates, boundaries and walls.
In the work for “Keeper,” I continue to explore painting’s agency as I walk throughout my neighborhood in East Nashville, seeing and observing, hunting and gathering. The painter chooses what to keep as a prompt or motive for making a painting. Moving at three miles an hour, the neighborhood is like a theatrical set, one that allows entrances and exits from one yard and boundary to the next.
I began using red ink after the 2016 election for all its reductive and associative contexts; writing and editing, broadsides, alarm signals and blood. By living in close proximity to neighbors, we experience so much together surrounding issues of class and gentrification, racial bias, surveillance and educational disparity. I think of these as contemporary genre/history paintings, leveraging the use of a photo/collage aesthetic, capturing a moment in time.
For years I have huddled around the warm and rambunctious campfire of abstraction and the familiar light of representation. Either way (and both), given the state of America at the moment, I appreciate the illumination.
Read Interview with Melinda Baker, the Tennessean, November 12, 2017
-Jodi Hays, November 2017