September 5, 2019

by Karla Tucker

The Framemaker proudly presents works by Knoxville, Tennessee artist Karla Tucker. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on September 5, 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 September during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Artist Statement: Rediscover is a mixed media exhibit, showcasing layered fragments of my life after forcing myself to step forward in a world of unknown. Two years ago, I decided that I needed a change in my life which ended with me moving away from the only place I ever called home. This leap allowed me the chance to be selfish in all the right ways. In the last two years I’ve fought through pain and heartache while also finding happiness in the little things and the big things. I’ve learned to be stronger and force myself to shed off my thin skin. Most importantly, I’ve learned the meaning of self-worth. This has been a time- not to find myself, but to rediscover who I am and how to love myself above all else. 

This new body of work is a representation of my journey in rediscovering myself. Each piece starts with one of my photographs that is then encased in encaustic wax. After the first layer is applied, I added mixed materials and words on top of each piece to help express the emotions I’ve gone through over the last two years.  

Artist Bio: Karla Tucker has always been passionate about photography ever since she was old enough to work a disposable camera. During college, she found a new love outside of photography in encaustic wax. Since discovering encaustic wax, she now enjoys mixing the two mediums in order to build up different layers and infusing them together. She also enjoys working in letterpress printing and analog photography when given the opportunity. 

In May 2015, Tucker received her Bachelor in Fine Art with a focus in Studio Arts, from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. Now, she is currently residing in Knoxville, TN and working at Case Antiques, Inc. as their Lead Photographer. Her work has won many awards and has been exhibited across Tennessee.