_Cody Tumblin is an artist from Nashville, TN, currently finishing up his BFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Coming from a background in Visual Communications and Print Design, Cody relies heavily on the design aesthetics in his work. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Kayl Parker.
_I create abstract mixed media drawings that embody the mystery of process by physically deconstructing and reassembling images. The physical construction of an image is in itself a mystery. Artists condense research, narrative, and content into basic elements in some sort of step-by-step process, and all that remains are fragments. Whether they are the shards of a vase, headline clippings, bodily remains, or even half-remembered dreams, fragments point directly to the negative space they inhabit– their missing corporeal counterparts. Completed works embody the mystery of the former. My work embodies these leftovers as uncertain mosaics, fragile and somewhat picked-over bones of a previous phantom body. From photographs, drawings, print outs, posters, advertisements, and other ephemera, I extract their most essential aesthetic elements. These extractions are patterns, cutouts, grids, and flat color that physically embody the layers within my work. As I piece together these abstract constructions, I am pulling myself further away from the original material, simultaneously discovering new associations. The completed work still remains a testament to my “process,” yet has an alienated strangeness that stands apart from what I originally intended to depict. Those kind of mysterious results keep me investigating deeper into my work.
_Cody is creating a series of hand dyed fabric pieces especially for The Prospective Series 1. We will add images as soon as they are complete, but for now we have added some images of previous work that is similar to his series for The Prospective Series 1.