VADIS TURNER: TEMPEST
Frist Art Museum / 919 Broadway May 26, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner recently returned to the Nashville area after living for many years in Boston and New York. In her work, she transforms everyday objects, typically hand-dyed textiles associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into colorful and textured assemblages. Although her works are largely abstract, many are meant to suggest atmospheres, landscapes, or archetypal female figures such as Eve or Ophelia. Turner also asks questions about traditional gender roles, the value assigned to materials and heirlooms, and the possibility of metamorphoses.
This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
image: Vadis Turner. Primrose Path Engulfed in Smoke, 2011. Ribbon, clothing, quilts, bedspreads, and mixed media, 68 x 65 x 5 in. (172.7 x 165.1 x 12.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2016 Vadis Turner