There’s a new place to learn about artists working in Nashville (and see their shining faces). Recent transplant Tina Gionis has launched a photoblog called Nashville Visual Artists. Gionis visits artists in their studios to photograph them and chat about their work. She publishes her findings interview-style on her blog. Gionis asks them all the same questions: what’s the theme of your work, what inspires you, what are your goals for your work, and what are your thoughts on Nashville’s art scene. With these simple questions, she elicits thoughtful responses from her subjects that form a sort of dialogue with each other as you read through the posts. She shoots them in their studios doing their work, which brings out the captivating process of art-making.
Just this week, she featured Amanda Joy Brown, whose work I’ve long admired, although I never knew about her process. Gionis reports that Brown makes her crowd paintings with the tip of her brush handle, drizzling paint to form faces and never actually touching the bristles to canvas. Ariel Lavery, sculptor and Watkins professor, was featured in mid-November, and her description of how the anxiety of everyday objects drives her work left me poking around the Internet for more about her. Gionis’ blog is an invitation to discover, and I’ll be keeping my eye on it.