Artist’s Perspective: Vadis Turner

Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner moved back to Middle Tennessee in 2014 after living in Boston and New York for many years. In her work, she transforms commonplace objects associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage. In this lecture, the artist discusses conventional gender roles, bringing visibility to the often-overlooked handiwork of women in the past, and being inspired by the “wisdoms” of Nashville-area elders in her exhibition Vadis Turner: Tempest which was on view at the Frist Art Museum from May 26 through September 10, 2017.


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