Fabric Artist Iris Engel’s New Show Too Comfortable, Opens May 13, 2017 in The Green Gallery at Turnip Green Creative Reuse
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (April 11, 2017) – Fabric artist, Iris Engel, opens her new show Too Comfortable at The Green Gallery at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) on May 13, 2017 from 7-10 p.m.
Engel is a Nashville native who discovered sewing at a young age and has been focused on making fabric art since that first discovery. She draws inspiration from quilters and clothing designers as well has her mother, artist Kaaren Engel. All fabrics used in her works are second-hand from thrift stores, re-purposed from other articles of clothing, or simply found and the fabric choices stem from an appreciation of the feminine mystique as life givers, nurturers and preservers of humanity. She currently attends Bard College where she is studies art history.
Too Comfortable questions the notion of considering works of art that have function as unimportant while exploring why crafts are seen as lesser objects and what makes them inherently different than something that is purely decorative. Historically, women made “crafts” rather than “art” and the works were often categorized as functional utilitarian objects.
“To me, being a feminist artist falls under the category of being a humanist artist," says Engel. "I believe that if someone has created a work with the intention of it being seen as art, it is art."
TGCR is located at 945 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206. The Too Comfortable opening takes place as part of the East Side Stumble. This community event is free, open to the public and features the artist reception, snacks and drinks. The show will be on display in the Green Gallery through June 8, 2017.
Engel is the third Reuse Artist in Residence (RAiR). The RAIR program is made possible through support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Build Communities (ABC) & Metro Beautification. Artists interested in becoming a Reuse Artist in Residence can email Turnip Green Creative Reuse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT TURNIP GREEN CREATIVE REUSE
Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) is a nonprofit that diverts usable material from our landfill for creative endeavors through innovative programming including workshops, a retail store, community education and a green art gallery featuring art made from reusable materials. TGCR has partnered with many of Nashville’s on programming and projects, including Artober, Pet Community Center, Nashville Public Library system, Metro Schools, ZeroLandfill, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Metro Arts Commission, WRLT’s Live on the Green, Earth Day, Now Playing Nashville, Southern Festival of Books, The Hermitage Fall Fest, University School, Untitled and Platetone Printmaking Cooperative. TGCR has four areas of service: a retail store, education/outreach, artist studios, and a gallery.