Tori Tinsley (b. 1980) received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, her MAAT from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from Georgia State University. Tori is a recipient of a 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, a 2016-17 Wathall Fellow, a 2016 City of Atlanta Emerging Artist Award, a City of Atlanta Artist Project Grant, and 2015 Idea Capital Grant. Currently, she is planning solo exhibitions in Atlanta and Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of Atlanta-based Day & Night Projects and Doppler Projects. Tori is represented by Hathaway Contemporary Gallery in Atlanta, GA and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia.


About the work

My paintings explore my changing relationship with myself and with my mother as she succumbs to a brain disease called fronto-temporal degeneration. Through the interaction of two figures, I convey the challenging emotional experience of such an ambiguous loss; feelings that include despair, longing, disbelief, and even hope. This focus on myself is not meant to diminish the importance of my mother’s experience with this disease, but to add to the discussion and awareness of what happens to those left behind to pick up the pieces. These works not only serve as premature memorials to my mother, but they also stand as monuments to resilience and highlight how painting can serve as a proxy for reconnection.

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