02 Ripley Whiteside: Depicting wonder
Plant KingdomMarch 18, 202401:05:0489.38 MB

02 Ripley Whiteside: Depicting wonder

Tennessee-based artist Ripley Whiteside creates art as a way to explore and connect to nature, history and speculative ecological futures. In a wide-ranging conversation spanning, contemporary ecological thought, invasive species and an ancient Medieval text—the Augsburg Book of Miracles—the conversation looks at the mysterious constructs of our understanding of nature. His place-based work is inspired by time spent Montreal, North Carolina and his home in Tennessee.


Ripley Whiteside was born in 1982 and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2012 he graduated with an MFA from SUNY-Buffalo, and he received a BFA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2008. He is a drawer, painter and printmaker, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Canada. His work is represented by Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, and Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

This conversation is produced by Catherine Polcz with music by Carl Didur.