“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” says Nashville artist Ed Nash who recently found himself in just that situation when his neighbors were preparing to move. Up for sale was a nine-foot, aluminum satellite dish that they had used to make popcorn to sell at the Farmer’s Market. Nash immediately saw a work of art in this large disk, but it took him a year to finally decide exactly how he wanted to use it. He eventually created Blue Host as part of a larger series he is developing called Terrain. This new collection of artworks features large-scale, abstract works made with a combination of glue, pigment, and sawdust. With Terrain he seeks to transport the viewer by creating an uncomfortable, foreign space that evokes the sensation of exploring a new world.
Nash says about his new work, “I am exploring the concept of landscape painting and altering our perspective from the traditional view of looking at a horizontal plane to looking at terrain from a great height.” He describes the process of making these works as “manic,” but he considers the final product as something “created.” Inspired by artists such as Rothko and Pollock, he revels in the idea that you do not see the hand of the artist in these works.