Chaos and Awe/The Presence of Your Absence is Everywhere exhibitions at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, TN

I would first like to start out by saying I am no writer. I am a visual artist so please excuse any errors and bear with me. I’ve been treating this blog very informally, more like a digital sketchbook for my thoughts, ideas and inspirations. 

The Frist Art Museum is a place that is very dear to me. I think that everyone in Nashville needs to get familiar with this museum and take advantage of the recourses it offers. Last semester I was luvky enough to do an internship in the Community Engagement Department. I was working under the wonderful guidance of Rosemary Brunton and Shaun Giles. This was an experience that has impacted my practice as an artist enormously. Twice a week, I would have to transition from being in the studio (sculpture class) with my arms and elbows deep in plaster and go into the museum right after. 3 hours of intense sculpting, welding, cutting metal, ect…  and then 4 hours of working at the Frist. It was an interesting dynamic. I learned a lot about myself and I realized what pursuing a degree in art meant to me and what all the possibilities were.  (getting off topic maybe I’ll be able to talk more about my experience interning at the Frist another time) 


Monday, July 16th…  I visited the Frist Art museum. I went to see two exhibits. The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi and Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century. Naturally, I walked through the Chaos and Awe first… The paintings were absolutely striking and chaotic. Every painting/piece in that exhibit tells a different story. We think that stories are only told with words but that is not true at all. The artists from all over the world together in one place. These artists don’t speak the same language or have the same skin color, but they all had so much in common. I had so much in common with a lot of these artists. At a time like this, in our country it is extremely important to come together as one and coexist. That is precisely what I saw in Chaos and Awe… As chaotic as these pieces of art are, and the stories behind them… they somehow were all next to each other, side by side. It would be pretty great if humans could do the same thing. A lot of the artists in this exhibit were middle eastern. Mostly from Iran, Egypt and Iraq. Seeing these artists up the gallery at the Frist Art Musuem gave me a lot of hope. It reminded me to keep creating… It reminded me to keep going and not lose focus. I’ve had two major dynamics as I started on my journey into art; one, being a female artist and two, living in a cross cultured environment (that being American and Kurdish).Instead of allowing these to be weaknesses, I used them as strengths. There will always be those factors that will pull you down, whether its people, society, nature or even yourself. You must keep going, just as a drop of paint will go on until it creates a masterpiece, you must create your own masterpiece in life.  We must work to build each other up. Only by empowering each other will we see the success of our younger generations. I saw Afruz Amighi’s installation From a Distance. After viewing all of the “chaotic , vibrant pieces  it was like walking into a very sacred space. It was a spiritual experience. The sculptures, the drawings, the shadows all came together in a peaceful way.  Over the years the Frist has always celebrated and embraced diversity, and that is why I encourage everyone to go. I know that they will leave with something important. Art is a universal language…. No bias against color, race, language,  or religion… 



on view through June 22- September 16, 2018

June 22- September 16, 2018

June 22- September 16, 2018