Ashes to Snow (In Review)

‘ROSE/EROS’ (Triptych), Jane Braddock’s Studio

‘ROSE/EROS’ (Triptych), Jane Braddock’s Studio

A Look Inside ‘Ashes to Snow’ by Keisha Lambert

Tinney Contemporary is excited to share with you the latest works of Nashville artist Jane Braddock in her series titled ‘Ashes to Snow.’  Braddock has a multi-disciplinary history within the arts, starting as a Textile Designer and Colorist in New York City. The omnipresent grid within her work is well-established in her mind years before Braddock ‘picks up the brush’. Due to history within the textile arts, Braddock has always had a keen eye for color. This has also catalyzed her use of text as a pattern firstly, then slipping and sliding into carefully cultivated words and phrases.  In her latest body of work, there is a softer, feminine and poignant palette at hand. Tied within her mark-making and texture, is the act of controlled repetition alongside works freely poured beaming a more liberated feel. 

FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl, May 2019

FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl, May 2019

Once in front of Braddock’s work, one can truly appreciate the sheer scale of her work. It is an act of bravery to create at such scale.  Texturally, Braddock establishes a wide range of application techniques.  The combination of velvet layers of acrylic, application of metallic paint, and skillful adhesion of silver leaf develops a sense of devout anointing through paint from the artist. She uses both brush and her own thumbprints to apply paint. It gives her artistic process a ritualistic feel. Braddock’s work expertly absorbs and retracts the light that is given to it. The palette choice of ashen tones paired with the phrase “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose’ hints at the impermeability of life and the fragility of existence. It is a subtle play at a concept that Western society considers taboo. Braddock stares at it straight on with acceptance and tranquility. 

FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl, May 2019

FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl, May 2019

Wrapped inside and underneath Jane Braddock’s work is her self-submersion of cultures and philosophies. Known for her patterning of text and use of bold color, ‘Ashes to Snow’ her newest exhibition at Tinney Contemporary, shows a softer side. It beholds her mindful acts of inner contemplation and a culmination of years of meditative acts. The truth behind Braddock’s work does not reveal itself at one’s first glance. It is a message to those that take a breath, stand back, and allow their own thoughts to slip away. It is available as an act of listening and allowing ideas to permeate one’s psyche. Introspection and Inspection of her work goes hand in hand. To experience ‘Ashes to Snow’ and have Braddock’s work speak for itself, visit Tinney Contemporary until June 29, 2019.