VISUAL PODCAST #1: ALEX BERGER / VISUAL ARTISTS
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Visual podcast #1 comes from 7x7 founder, @alexbergerphotography and is a collaboration with Nashville artist, @creativ_ty. Each day this week, we’ll present a portrait of an artist by Alex, combined with a piece of their artwork into a double exposure by Ty.
Tess Erlenborn is a native Nashvillian, raised in Green Hills. She paints both on a small scale as well as murals around town. Tess mostly uses acrylics and watercolors, exploring dualities in her work. I asked her how she would further describe it. “I restructure familiar, natural objects into a composition of disparate parts. I combine intricate details, found in natural textures, fluidity, and chaos. Stillness and movement, color and contrast, human and nature, and structure and looseness are all prevalent dualities in my work. I draw from natural symbolism found in storybooks and fairytales and find textures and patterns in biology book illustrations and in nature.”
I was curious how Tess would describe Nashville’s art community and, as a native in a rapidly growing city, if it has changed in recent years. “It’s an incredibly collaborative community. It’s competitive, and saturated with serious talent, without being cutthroat. I think artists here are really supportive of each other and it’s an exciting time to be here. It’s definitely changed and matured, there’s an awesome focus on street art right now, popups, artist-run shows, and opportunities for artists to come together in a way that just didn’t exist a few years ago.”
Finally, I asked Tess how she feels about collaborations across media like this project for 7x7…”I love that artists are working together in a way I really haven’t seen before. Creating a community like this is what leads to really exciting, unique work and positive changes, not just in helping artists get out of the comfort of our lonely studios but also in developing a true identity for the Nashville art scene.”
Photo by @alexbergerphotography
Artwork by @tesserlenbornart
Double exposure by @creativ_ty