The Framemaker proudly presents new work by Clarksville, Tennessee artist Katherine Tolleson. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 2, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
This body of work explores my relationship with attraction. I have always loved the human figure- the shapes, lines, contours, especially the face with its many expressions. With this work, I started out just making portraits of people I found attractive. I wanted to create portraits for the sake of creating them, but as I continued the series, I found that these portraits I was making had a sense of obscurity as well. While I was drawing the faces, I was also creating this geometric and line focused background. This communicated a sense of obscurity- that while I was drawing these aesthetically attractive faces, they were blending into the background. Though I am interested in attraction, and what is considered attractive, my thought process is grounded in vanity. Beauty is fleeting, what I think is attractive today could be gone tomorrow. But I find a beauty in the vanity- that though attractive faces are fleeting, for a moment in their vanity, they can be beautiful.
Katherine Tolleson was born and raised in Adams, Tennessee. She is currently studying at Austin Peay State University to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. Her focus is on drawing portraits and figures, in either charcoal or ink. Her influences include all her wonderful professors/mentors at APSU, including but not limited to- Paul Collins, Billy Renkl, Susan Bryant, McLean Fahnestock, Michael Dickins, Dawn Dickins, Tobias Layman, and Patrick Vincent. She has also been exploring through the work of Vincent van Gogh, Oskar Kokoschka, Cy Twombly, William Kentridge, and Käthe Kollwitz.