by Jarred Johnson
Pop Rock Café’s summer 2015 exhibition featuring the works of Nashville abstract artist Doris Wasserman was a huge success. Now, six months after that show’s closing, the artist will exhibit her new abstract paintings at Bennett Gallery.
Wasserman’s first art was representative. She translated medical procedures into accessible illustrations for patients at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Though her art is no longer representative, Wasserman feels she is still doing translation.
“Abstract art is ideas you don’t know translated into the physical,” the artist said. She communicates her messages through a symbol system that she describes as “rooted in the past.”
Wasserman paints with two brushes at a time, applying paint with one, removing it with another, building layers and scraping back into those layers. “Scraping is a natural instinct we have,” Wasserman said, speaking of a time she used a dime to scratch the walls of her childhood home.
Wasserman’s waiflike pastel forms seem to suggest a relation—even a dialogue—between spiritual and corporeal realities. The artist hopes her works can spark this same type of dialogue among patrons. “In many cases, people interact with abstract art more than representative art,” the artist said.
Enjoy Doris Wasserman’s new paintings at Bennett Gallery beginning in mid-March. For more, visit www.bennettgalleriesnashville.com. To see more of Doris Wasserman’s work, visit www.doriswasserman.com.