happy Wednesday, everyone! i have another local artist for you all…
Jodi Hays is a visual artist, wife, and mama of two boys. she has a rad home studio where i got to watch her work in the early morning hours.
tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in rural Arkansas (which I count as the south), went to school (BFA and MFA), lived my twenties in the Northeast (Boston) and came to rest in East Nashville with husband and cats. Now I am a mother of 2 boys.
how long have you lived in East Nashville? what do you like about this community?
I have lived in East Nashville for 8 years. East Nashville is a place where my family and I live blocks from our best friends and it’s a place where people slow down enough to hang out.
how would you describe your work? where do you find your inspiration?
My work lives in a place between abstraction and representation (although those words seems limiting and complex). I tend towards ideas and events that mark transition or ephemerality, pretty broad in-take of life. Lately (past 5 years) I have taken inspiration from the visual language of construction sites, caution tape, continental drift, thin masking tape, palette knives, play-doh stacks…I could go on, but I can also quote Johnny Cash on inspiration for his work—
“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family,
hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation,
murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death,
pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination,
tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak, and love. And Mother. And God.”- Cash
do you sell your artwork?
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