Back to School

posted by – 07/28/17 @ 4:24pm

Just like that the summer is over! I’m writing this on my very last day as a summer intern here at the Tinney Contemporary. It’s crazy to me that I already have to leave! I feel like I just started yesterday but i guess time flies when you’re having fun (or working with some of the best people around)! I’ve learned so much during my time here and have had an absolute blast!! I’m so grateful to Susan and Sarah for giving me the opportunity!!

Now that I’ve said my goodbyes, I have to pack up my things and move back to Memphis to start my senior year of college…something that I don’t think has truly set in because I’m not freaking out yet.  Thankfully the semester doesn’t start for a few more weeks so I have a little more time to prepare. However, these next few weeks of summer that I will not be spending working here I will be doing more than just binge watching Netflix and playing with my dog. On August 6th I will head out to Aspen, CO where I will be attending a week long painting workshop at Anderson Ranch! Anderson Ranch is is an arts center that hosts artists from all over to participate in artists residencies as well as week-long intensive workshops in various media led by well renowned artists! I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend the workshop titled “Abstraction & Figuration: The Perfect Union” that will be taught by Jennifer Coates. Coates is a well known artist who’s abstracted images of food are filled with often bright colors and various textures that add a grotesqueness to the subject matter (I’ll add some images of her work at the end!). I picked this workshop in particular because my own body of work (see some images of my work in my last blog post!) includes a lot of abstracted figures. I’ve recently begun experimenting heavily with different ways of applying paint to create different finishes and textures something I am drawn to in Jennifer Coates’ work. I’m so excited for this week of experimentation and can’t wait to see what work comes out if it! As someone who is somewhat of a procrastinator when it comes to school work sometimes I’m glad that I will have this intensive week of making work to start me off on the right foot for my Senior Seminar in studio art.

As sad as I am to leave I know the gallery is only a ways away from Memphis! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the Tinney Contemporary and cant’ wait to come back to visit!

 

 

Jennifer Coates

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“Ice Cream Sundae II”

SMORE

“Large S’more”

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