Tess Erlenborn is an artist from Nashville, TN. She graduated cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.F.A under the honors program in 2014. Her studio practices include acrylic painting, watercolor, and ink drawing, with a focus on natural textures, layered spaces and dualities, and the imagination. She takes inspiration escapism and natural metaphors found in fairytales and storybooks. She is available for custom commissions. 

Her past exhibits include:

May 2014 Honors exhibit, Catalyst, Edward Carlos Gallery

July 2014 Whimsy, Parnassus bookstore in Nashville

June 2015 Playhouse, Corvidae Collective Gallery

October 2016 Montgomery Bell Academy Art Show

December 2016 solo exhibition, Jackalope Brewing Co.

February 2017 featured artist, Smith & Lentz Brewing Co.

July 2017 featured artist, Portland Brew in East Nashville. 

Artist Statement

My work explores dualities. It restructures familiar, natural objects into a composition of disparate parts. It is a combination of the intricate details found in natural textures, fluidity, and chaos. The colorful, complex beings against a void or somewhat transparent background, allows the compositions to float. Stillness and movement, color and contrast, human and nature, and structure and looseness are all prevalent dualities in my work.

The purpose of my practice is to question our familiarity with our realities and address various inevitabilities in life. I am inspired by escapism and utilize this coping mechanism in my work. I draw from natural symbolism found in storybooks and fairytales. Each natural component found in my compositions, has a different metaphorical significance, but common themes include decay, growth, and repetition. I draw on personal issues and fears that bring people together, while simultaneously causing divides. I address what separates and connects us.