Inspired by the dynamism and multisensory engagement of Nick Cave’s work, this companion exhibition to Nick Cave: Feat. will feature art made by members of the Middle Tennessee community. Between February and May, local teaching artists and community members of all abilities and learning styles created interactive works of art designed to be accessed through the five senses. Empower TN, Tennessee Disabilities Coalition, and VSA Tennessee: The State Organization on Arts and Disability are partnering with the Frist Center of the Visual Arts on this project.
Organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
MEET THE ARTISTS
Massood Taj (Franklin) is a multi-instrumentalist who draws on indigenous cultures and mystical traditions, including his own Sufi heritage, to create global meditative music for sacred spaces. Since 2006, Taj has presented at conferences, conducted workshops, and facilitated interactive programming with a focus on the transcending properties of sound and the healing nature of collaborative creativity.
In Taj’s workshops, participants built a sound-making and visual installation—a nonverbal, safe space with instruments like bells, chimes, and gongs, along with a mandala painting as a visual element.
Maria Borghoff (Atlanta) is a multidisciplinary artist and yoga teacher. She creates mixed-media artwork (incorporating drawing, sculpting, and other techniques) and leads workshops that explore human behavior and mental health. Her work inspires harmonious living, both socially and environmentally.
In Maria’s workshops, participants made ceramic pinch pots by hand, with each individual pot arranged as a taste bud within the shape of a tongue. Elements of taste and scent are also be incorporated.
Amber Lelli (Nashville) is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on sculpture and printmaking. She has worked for the sculptor Alan LeQuire and as a studio volunteer with Poverty & the Arts. Her work has been featured at the Frist Center, as well as in Santa Ana (California), Philadelphia, and Baton Rouge.
In Amber’s workshops, participants painted and drew images inspired by sensory experiences. During the exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to move the images to reveal memories and stories associated with them.
Beth Reitmeyer (Bowling Green) creates colorful installations, using materials such as paint, plastic, pipe cleaners, and felt, often sewing them into geometric or floral patterns. She currently teaches in Western Kentucky University’s Department of Art. Beth’s work has recently been exhibited in Nashville, Bowling Green, Brooklyn, London, and Houston.
In Beth’s workshops, participants’ drawings of important personal objects were transferred to a screen print. Tactile elements were attached to the print to invite touch, while other elements suggest taste or smell.
Dee Kimbrell (Hendersonville) specializes in the use of recycled materials to engage the community, build relationships, and encourage care for the environment. She has worked
primarily in Middle Tennessee since 2006. In 2015, she designed ornaments for the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, and presented workshops in Tennessee, New York, and Ohio. Dee’s skills also include storytelling, painting, sculpting, and creating mixed-media objects, including props.
In Dee’s workshops, participants assembled a curtain made of bottle caps that, when pulled back, reveals self-portraits and several touchable textures.