Too Comfortable

too comfortable

The Green Gallery at Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) presents Too Comfortable. The opening takes place May 13, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 945 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 in conjunction with the East Side Art Stumble. This community event is free, open to the public and features the artist reception, snacks and drinks. This show is one of several on the East Side Stumble circuit. The show will be on display in the Green Gallery through June 8, 2017

Historically, women made “crafts” rather than “art” and were often categorized as functional utilitarian objects. Too Comfortable questions the notion of considering works of art that have function as unimportant while exploring why crafts are seen as lesser objects and what makes them inherently different than something that is purely decorative. “To me, being a feminist artist falls under the category of being a humanist artist. I believe that if someone has created a work with the intention of it being seen as art, it is art”.

Iris is a Nashville native who discovered sewing at a young age and has been focused on making fabric arts since. She draws inspiration from quilters and clothing designers as well has her mother, artist Kaaren Engel. All fabrics used in her works are second-hand from thrift stores, repurposed from other articles of clothing, or simply found and the fabric choices stem from an appreciation of the feminine mystique as life givers, nurturers and preservers of humanity. She currently attends Bard College where she is studies art history.

Iris is the third Reuse Artist in Residence (RAiR). The RAIR program is made possible through support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Build Communities (ABC) & Metro Beautification. Artists interested in becoming a Reuse Artist in Residence can email Turnip Green Creative Reuse at

This event is free and open to the public, snacks and drinks provided. The Green Gallery features a monthly sustainable art series, showcasing artists who create art through repurposing, upcycling and recycling materials. You can also catch our friends at Platetone.


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