Touched: Soft Sculpture

A soft sculpture exhibit – October 2015

“Touched” is a 2015 exhibit that features soft sculpture, a genre that straddles the fine contemporary art and textile craft divide.

Brought together by Tennessee artist Shana Kohnstamm, thirteen emerging and mid-career artists showcased their works at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios in Nashville, TN - October 1st - 29th, 2015.

The 2015 invited artists were Morwenna Catt, Andrea Graham, Sonya Yong James, Shana Kohnstamm, Kit Lane, Moxie Lieberman, Kirsten Lund, Kyoko Matsuyama, Stephanie Metz, Jennifer Moss, Astrid Polman, Leisa Rich, and Zoe Williams. 
They come from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

 Felting demonstrations were held in conjunction with the exhibit, which coincided with Tennessee Craft Week, American Craft Week and Artober Nashville.

The artists say...

  • More symbolic, embroidery stands for stringing together of the thread of life, and connecting one work to the other…

    - Astrid Polman
  • The intention of my art is to be a mirror to reflect thoughts and to explore a way to be mindful.

    - Kyoko Matsuyama
  • Making beautiful things in a slow deliberate fashion is my way of restoring faith in humanity and in the future.

    - Shana Kohnstamm
  • Repetition can be transcendence. Repetition is the capturing and stopping of time.

    - Sonya Yong James
  • In my current work, ambiguous sculptures express the paradox of living organisms: strength and fragility, persistence and surrender, liberation and containment.

    - Andrea Graham

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Moxie Lieberman

Moxie Lieberman

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Statement: I make sculptures out of wool and hard feelings. Being a sentient creature is mysterious and terrifying, hilarious and gross, awkward and extremely temporary. I am fascinated by what it’s like to be a person; who we think we are, how we got here, and what we can’t know about each other. Needle or […]

Astrid Polman

Astrid Polman

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Statement: Central to my work is human with his emotions, his connections with himself and nature. I’m fascinated by the interconnectedness of form and contents, of inside and out. How do we view from the outside what lives inside… How does vulnerability and strength become visible? This is what I am trying to research, find […]

Morwenna Catt

Morwenna Catt

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Bio: Morwenna Catt has a degree in Art & Design and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University. Her current practice includes textiles, painting, drawing, light boxes, installation and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; notably at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Galerija Skuc […]

Sonya Yong James

Sonya Yong James

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Statement: I see fiber as a basic common thread throughout the organic world. This fiber sculptural work centers on the creative act as personal obsession. This work is the beginning of an exploration of the idea of repetition and ritual experienced through the process of making. A prescribed order of assembling, manipulating, and presenting the […]

More about Ground Floor Gallery & Studios in Nashville, TN

Ground Floor Gallery is committed to providing exhibitions with depth and relevance in multiple disciplines for a diverse audience.

Ground Floor Gallery presents artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a collective artist community. We increase their exposure to art professionals and connect them with potential buyers. The gallery is currently accepting proposals for individual and group shows. We also have juried exhibitions and host shows curated by artists that occupy the studios. During juried group exhibitions artists set their prices and keep 70% of their sales. This allows artists to take risks that are not generally supported by commercial galleries.

Ground Floor Gallery doesn’t represent individual artists. We support our studio artists, as well as exhibiting artists, by providing creative space, professional exposure and exhibition experience.

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