Bold Faces of Truth II
The Bold Faces of Truth art will continue to be on display in the board room of the YWCA
Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm for public viewing. Please call (615) 983-5136 to book a group viewing.
Bold Faces of Truth II, produced by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee and funded through Metro Arts Commission and The Mary Wester Foundation, presents a provocative art collection created by survivors of domestic violence. These faces took shape in a two-day workshop that partnered survivors with local, professional artists. Guided by a licensed clinical social worker, these artists helped the women express both verbally and artistically their journey from victim to victorious. Accompanying each piece are the words of the survivor who created it. Bold Faces of Truth acts not only as part of the personal healing process for these women, but also as a universal statement on domestic violence and the triumph of moving beyond its grip.
Learn more about the background of this art project.
| Nine, 13, 17 and 45 are the ages when traumatic events forever changed the flower I was supposed to be.
Now, I am planting seeds for a new flower bed that will remember my past but also welcome my future.
When I began this (head) project I was nervous, but I let my emotions speak to me. I listened to what they had to say. I feel wonderful now that this head tells my story and holds hope for my journey forward.
| The first thing I did for myself was trust in the Lord. The abuse I put up with for so long was more than my mind and body could bear. I chose the path of spiritual healing.
The straw hair represents the loss of my own hair when it was pulled out. The choke represents my strangulation. The wire on the mouth represents my forced silence.
The words on the back of the head are what I am leaving behind, and the words on the front are where I am headed in my journey through life. Thank you, Thomas Bandy, for showing me how to heal. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
Thank you to the artists who donated their time and resources to this project. You may read about each of them below:
Margaret (Peg) Williams, a native Nashvillian and art instructor for 37 years, teaches middle school drawing and painting and high school art history at University School of Nashville. As a teacher, she delights in devising artistic projects and watching her students come up with a wide variety of solutions.
In addition to her participation in Bold Faces of Truth, Peg has volunteered for the past four years at the YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Shelter. She brings along her English setter, Mosey, who is a trained pet-partner. Together, they work as part of the healing process for children who are residents at the shelter.
Stacey Pierce-Nickle, a Nashvilian for over 20 years, returned to her true love of painting after a multi-faceted career that included marketing, graphic design and owning her own East Nashville gallery, The King’s Witt. Her years in graphic design have given her a unique painting perspective and technique. Her belief that we are all intertwined in life not only by nature, but by our own experiences gave her the idea to see if we could look past what is in front of our eyes and peel back each layer to see what lies beneath.
Stacey’s branching out into three-dimensional textile art therapy was born out of a very personal need to connect to the survivors of abuse, not only to assist in identifying the detrimental effects, but also to give hope and acknowledge the incredible power these women have.
Her art is in galleries throughout the South and Southwest. She recently won a national juried show in Austin, TX, for her piece "Birdczar."
After earning her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University, Tarri Driver decided to focus on the therapeutic value of the process of artmaking and earned a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Louisville, focusing on Expressive Therapies, specifically Art Therapy. After graduate school, Tarri returned to Tennessee and works with children and adolescents in school settings, helping them to express themselves through art. She continues to make art in a variety of media including, but not limited to, painting, collage and community beautification murals. She happily resides with her husband and is finishing a children’s book composed of haiku, collage and watercolor.
Using fabric, needle-and-thread and "pieces of the past," Kathleen Madigan's mixed media works examine inner landscapes, often focusing on a woman's work, a woman's "place" and the value society places on women themselves, their inner lives, dreams and journeys.
Her work has exhibited in Spain, Senegal, Chicago and Washington, D.C., among other places. Selected works appeared in Art From Found Objects at the Monmouth Museum, and several are included in the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Her solo exhibition, titled Tales From Inside, is currently showing at the University of North Carolina and features works highlighting domestic issues. She hopes to see it in several more universities over the next year to promote awareness of domestic violence.