Nashville, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Installation
Courtney Adair Johnson is an artist, environmentalist and community organizer. Her art practice works to create sustainable community through reuse awareness. She is interested in building ideas with art to generate awareness of our waste and consumption habits. Courtney has led reuse projects with Frist Center for the Visual Arts Community Education, Tennessee Craft Kids' Tent and Springboard for the Arts artist residency, Imagine Fergus Falls. Working with non-profits and community organizations to gain insight on how to create sustainable solutions and problem solve through art is what fascinates her. Courtney presently participates in REAL through Metro Arts Commission, a learning cadre on racial equity in arts and is program coordinator at Seed Space, a programmatic arm of NCAP, the Nashville Cultural Arts Project.
My work balances on object making and awareness of my chosen medium, reuse. I source materials to create with. I bring mindfulness to discard, encourage and teaching reform of our trash.
I call myself a reuse artist.
I am interested in creating awareness of our waste through art. Looking at what we consume and the throwaway, connecting with what goes through our hands.
I source my supplies, be it paint to the obscure sparkle on the street. I assemble, weave and sew together what we use and abandon. Printing, bookmaking, painting, puppetry, sculpting and walking are all used to promote reuse.
I begin by looking for the excess, how can we divert it, how can we use it differently. What can't be used and why?
The material dictates my movement, how I fit things together, forms, shapes. I look for color and contradictions, layers and mistakes in the building of my story.
Unwanted drawings, candy wrappers, plastic throwaways, broken objects inspire new creations that translate into an mindfulness of what materials we consume and throw away.
By reflecting on our waste we see that there has to be a better answer. Building community through waste awareness and art making, we can make a more sustainable future.