6 - Tori Tinsley—From Art Therapist to Artist—Making Art for a Cause / by Vivian Liddell

Atlanta artist Tori Tinsley takes a break from her busy studio practice to talk with Peachy Keen about returning to her own art after working for years as an art therapist, how her mother's intrepid personality inspired her to push her own career, and the development of her work alongside the loss of her relationship with her mother due to Frontotemporal Degeneration.

She explains to the 90% of us who don't know what the other meaning of the phrase "bread and butter" is (hint: it's not what makes you the money), shares some of the best feedback she got in grad school, and breaks down the logistics of making her first large scale mural for the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Vivian Liddell and Tori Tinsley in Tinsley's studio

Vivian Liddell and Tori Tinsley in Tinsley's studio

Mountainside Hug, by Tori Tinsley. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48." 2017. Tinsley based her mural at the Zuckerman Museum on this work.

Mountainside Hug, by Tori Tinsley. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48." 2017. Tinsley based her mural at the Zuckerman Museum on this work.

Tori Tinsley's mural at the Zuckerman Museum of Art. 2017 

Tori Tinsley's mural at the Zuckerman Museum of Art. 2017 

Work in progress in Tori Tinsley's studio. 

Work in progress in Tori Tinsley's studio. 

Detail of Tori Tinsley's work in progress (the donkeys!) on her studio floor.

Detail of Tori Tinsley's work in progress (the donkeys!) on her studio floor.

Related Links:

Tori Tinsley's website, WonderRoot Walthall Fellowship, Day & Night Projects, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Hathaway Gallery, Doppler Projects, Liz Magor on Art21, Amelia Briggs, Tempus Projects

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