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Brady Haston

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Living next to Nashville’s Dickerson Pike is an interesting visual experience and I am continually reminded of Nashville’s pre-settlement past and its rapidly gentrifying present. My earlier paintings focused on superficial changes in appearance of this gentrifying neighborhood. After digging deeper into this narrative, Paul Clement’s book, “Chronicles of the Cumberland” offered a detailed history of the area from pre-settlement to the late 19th century. Events from this book began to influence the imagery in my work and I realized that the flow of history causes legends and stories to become forgotten. The recent paintings begin to address this process of forgetting and reveal the start of new histories. Nashville, Tennessee’s history provides ample subject matter to explore and offers the chance to experience the temporal folding of the past and present. Regional history takes its place in the context of a broader inclusion of American history.

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