We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Nesbit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Well, I guess I can start with where I’m from. I was born in New Orleans Louisiana, and grew up about half an hour away from the city in a small bayou town. I grew up outdoors on my bike, and spent a lot of time hiking in the woods. My parents are both incredibly strong minded and creative. My father is a musician and a Master Carpenter and my mother is a florist and designer. My brother is also a professional musician. After Katrina my grandparents lived with us, so I got to spend a lot of time with them and got to hear their stories. My family had a huge impact on who I am today. As I got older, I made many friends who were artists, and or musicians. Connecting with other creative people and mentors always helped me to keep my head straight. Growing up in Louisiana, I got to see a tremendous amount of street art and performance. I did not realize that “conceptual art” or “academic art” was a thing until I got into collage. I got really sucked into it when I started taking drawing classes, which later lead me to sculpture. I think I realized my calling in life while taking sculpture classes at Southeastern Louisiana. I worked as a studio monitor for a few years under artist Jeff Mickey. That time in my life was extremely important to my practice. It gave me a chance to become responsible, and learn not just how to be an artist, but how to be a functional person. So I am forever grateful for that period of my life, along with everyone that was in it,
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My practice as a whole reflects elements of my personal past, present and future living in both rural and urban areas of the southern United States. While I am becoming more grateful to live in this moment in history, I still realize there is space to improve day-to-day human interactions with the environment and humanity as a whole and on an individual bases. My work uses small individual characters that are physically tied together, or collaged to create large bundles and layers. The bundles can be seen as either the fullness or chaos that is possible when individual persons settle into larger groups. The structures are created from a mixture of found materials; obtained from the side of roads, waste from construction sites, farming equipment, rusted vessels, etc. These objects are combined with handmade elements with materials like ceramics, plants, paper, fabric, house paints and ropes. A sense of play and humor is created when the spectator interacts with the bundles; by acting as the viewer, or physically touching and re-arranging the pieces. When exhibited, the sculptures are never shown the same twice. They are forever changing and morphing into a new pile. The drawings speak parallel to my sculptures. Using a multitude of separate drawings, they are collaged and transferred together creating layers and textures. Building surfaces that are influenced by my sculptures and their environments. What excites me the most about my practice is the aspect of play and interaction between the forms I create, the space and environment in relation to the body. Whether the work is in my studio or in a public gallery space, I enjoy being able to move these objects around as if they were toys. Well, they kind of are my toys, haha! I like to watch others interact with the forms as well. There is that moment in time when the connection between the viewer and the objects are made. Thats when the magic happens. Its all about the interaction, and the human touch. I am also interested in personalities, and character differences in both humans and animals. What makes something tick or how they interact in a situation. The idea that everyone is an individual unless they are grouped together. Where does that individuality go, or is it still there? I think about that a lot in my work, as I make a similar form 100 different times. Each piece is made individually, but then is purposely made to be roped into a bundle or pile. Making the uniqueness of the single form almost disappear.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would suggest pop up art markets or farmers markets. I’m happy that they are staring to become trendy again. The food is usually yummy, you get to be outside, and if you get a good one the art is funky. I’m also a huge fan of street tacos, dog parks, cactus gardens, and coffee.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There is a huge pool of people that I could owe a shoutout to; God, my parents, brother and sister, grandparents, my pets, my art parents, friends from my childhood, friends that have past away, relationships that were lost. There are to many people to count that have been mentors and inspiration for who I am and my studio practice. I am most grateful for the friends that consistently communicate with me everyday, or almost everyday and for the ones that are working toward their art career. Seeing them succeed push me to work harder. Artists like Tyler Nesbit, Jeff Mickey, Jean Flint, Caitlyn Clark, Evan Pardue, Jose Canales, Ryan Kenny, Marley Foster, Sydney Parks, Mia Kaplan, and so many others are very dear to me and my practice. The list can go on forever.
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