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TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art has both rotating exhibitions and a
permanent display. Jim Berryman is the assistant director of the
Tennessee Valley Art Association. He took us on a tour.
"We usually have 8 to 10 changing exhibits through the year," he
Currently they are featuring the works of New York artist, Nicola
Ginzel who takes objects that are discarded off and turns them into art. We
were lucky to meet her and talk with her during our visit.
"It can be anything, a paper product, a wrapper to a piece of soap, orange
rind... it's really just anything, but it's generally always intimate,"
She considers herself a mixed media artist.
"I select the objects always on a personal interaction or experience or
place, so it's not really a collection of ‘I think I'm going to go out and find
10 objects today.' It really is something that strikes me in that moment,"
She transforms the objects with pains taking detail.
"Her work is about memory and forgetting. It's about paying attention
in life, to the things that are important," added Berryman.
Items may be transformed using gold leaf, collages, pencil and more. But
most notable is her work using a needle and thread.
"Her process is a little ironic. She embroiders things that have
commercial advertising on it. And in the process of poking the needle through,
it actually destroys the printing that was there," said Berryman.
There are also tiny sculptures on display. The museum houses another display
featuring unknown artists from long ago, according to Berryman.
"It's a prehistoric rock carving. It was originally in a bluff shelter,
not a cave but a cliff overhang, about 10 miles from here. And it had to be
moved, because it was being vandalized," he said. "This is the only
permanent display of its type they have right now, but there's more to
This display is about 2,000 years old, according to Berryman. Berryman calls
the museum a treasure house of mankind, where dreams and the creations of
inspiration are stored.... in Bobby's Bama.