Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media
Cody Tumblin currently lives/works in Nashville, Tennessee and received a BFA from School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Recent shows include Shits and Giggles with Keith Spencer at Skylab Gallery in Ohio, The Outlet curated by Katy Cowan in Michigan, SPF15 with Lila de Magalhaes in San Diego, Come As You Are at Gallery Annarumma in Naples, Italy, and Sunlight Spit, Face in the Sky with Zack Rafuls at Fort Houston in Nashville. More of Tumblin’s solo/ two person projects include LVL3 Gallery, Devening Projects, The Packing Plant, and Lunchmoney Gallery in Denmark. Recent exhibitions include a solo project with Good Enough in Atlanta and a watercolor group show curated by Katy Cowan titled Short Story at The Chicken Coop in Michigan.
I describe myself primarily as a painter who indulges in matters of the soft world. Thread and needle, cotton, dye, water, sunshine, bleaching, painting, collage– a constant recycling of material. My work is a cyclical process of making and unmaking in order to slowly unravel moments of a restless psyche. Photographs of cloudy skies and spiders nested within unwieldy shapes and colors set the stage for dreamy performances of anxiety and longing. I navigate and assemble each work through material-sensitive movements: dancing dots, tear drops, and loose figurative forms are bound together by networks of sewn lines. Each work is a montage of memory and place. Unconscious hands reach into the mind and begin to weave webs of the familiar and unknown, each silky thread a conduit of intuition.