Tennessee Valley Museum of Art: A Great Bobby's Bama Road Trip!

Published: Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM CST|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 5:50 PM CDT
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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 explained.

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 said.

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 explained.

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 come."

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.

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