MAPPING THE LANDSCAPE: ARTISTS OF FRIENDS LIFE COMMUNITY
The Browsing Room Gallery (Downtown Presbyterian Church) / 154 Rep. John Lewis Way N. November 4 - 27th
Tennessee has nearly 60 different ecological systems. The landscape’s diversity is mirrored by the people who live here, diverse in perspective, life experience, and approach to art. The unique texture of our art matches the diversity of the landscape, providing a topography of our lives. Artists of Friends Life Community have made this work overtime, adding elements of textures, shapes, and expressive lines in overlapping layers. The work presented here encompasses the art of assemblages and surfaces. Each layer represents a step in the journey towards the fruition of hope, longing, and travels in time. Individual styles are encouraged and cultivated in the FLC studio. As seen in this series, the individual personalities of the artists sing boldly off the canvas. Together, they are orchestrated to represent a symphony of advocacy and pride as the artists tell deeply personal stories. Artists with developmental disabilities at Friends Life Community create original artwork that tells their own story. The process of self-expression and discovery is a way for these artists to communicate who they are and what is important to them. They connect with others through sharing their artwork in exhibitions and working collaboratively. Friends Life artists are professional artists and inspire others who work alongside them.