COOP Gallery / 507 Hagan St. April 28, 2023 - April 29, 2023

Samantha Zaruba

Take a 4-dimensional dive into your identity at Persistent Ache of Baby Teeth at COOP Gallery from April 28-30. Samantha Zaruba’s (Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville, Paint Your Noodz) installation features paintings, interactive installations, and two workshops inviting viewers to engage with these complex themes in a visceral and personal way. The show, part of the Tennessee Re-pair Triennial, will be open for public viewing on Saturday, April 29 from 6-9 pm. Proceeds from sales of original pieces will benefit the ACLU of TN.

Prompt-driven reflection stations, workshops, or other interactive parts of the installation, will encourage participants to begin shedding their current identities and consciously create new, perhaps more authentic ones.

Sliding-scale workshops accompany the work throughout the weekend, pulling viewers deeper into the art. On Friday, Zaruba will lead a special edition of her Paint Your Noodz class for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to provide an accessible opportunity to reclaim their bodies. Saturday afternoon, Zaruba will take participants through a mirror and emotion workshop that will leave them with a deeper understanding of themselves and an increased power over their emotional state.

“In the rigorous examination of the age-old question “Who am I?” I believe we will begin to repair our relationships to ourselves and by extension, with each other.”