The Green Man - 8 Women Artists One Concept
An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history. This enigma can now be explored at Rogue Gallery 77's latest art exhibit coinciding with Nashville's "First Saturday Art Crawl" on April 4 or by appointment.
Primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth depicted in the cycle of growth each spring, the Green Man is most commonly shown as a sculpture or other representation of a face surrounded by, or made from leaves.
The Green Man motif has many variations. Branches or vines may sprout from the mouth, nostrils, or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit.
Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. Often used as decorative architectural ornaments, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings.
Green Man imagery continues in modern times, with artists from around the world interweaving the imagery into various modes of work. This exhibit showcases artwork from eight highly-talented Nashville women artists: