Sydni Gause, painter and urban-influenced sculptural artist

It’s natural light or nothing for sculptural artist and painter, Sydni Gause, whose Brentwood apartment dining room doubles as a studio.

Gause, 25, will be featured in an art show called RAW Nashville Presents, a local collective of artists to present their work ranging from photography to hair and makeup to fashion and music on Feb. 26 at Cannery Ballroom downtown at 7 p.m.

“It’s a platform for artist to show their work in multiple cities,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to get to meet other artist and show my work.”

On their Facebook page, RAW boast involvement in 80 countries.

She recently started branding herself on as ‘GAUS ART’ creating decorative art to fuel her heart for urban influenced sculptural design.

Gause self-describes her paintings as “droopy” and said through her creative process she enjoys using neutral colors, playing with shapes and experimenting with textures. She’s picky about her colors, said her art is more about the process than the end goal.


Gause takes urban walks through Nashville like most people wouldn’t. If you ask her, well, they are inspiring.

Gause graduated from Watkins College of Art, Film and Design with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Fine Art two years ago. Her undergraduate thesis involved material like concrete and plywood.

In her urban walks downtown, Gause discovers objects like jersey barriers, orange traffic cones, and unique business signs to inspire her. She calls these objects ‘anxious’ pieces that are waiting to become something bigger.

In 2010, she found an apprenticeship with Franklin artist, Deann Hebert, in The Factory at Franklin. She said she studied Hebert’s marketing habits, assisted her in the gallery and studio and grew as an artist from a professional standpoint.

“My paintings are still figuring themselves out a little bit, but it’s getting to the point where I have an image for myself and what I want for GAUS ART. That’s where I am right now,” she said.

Gause explained that the way she applies the paint and the mark making starts at the top of the canvas and works it’s way down, “a little east, a little west, then it going south. When you step back it becomes this droopy shape thing,” she said.

“Coming from a conceptual education, it’s been difficult to find a job and to find my place in the world,” she admitted. The artist confessed her heart is in sculpture but says painting is a part of that same love.

“[I wanted to] just become a really good painter again, and enjoy the process of art making for art sake,” she said.


Social media has had an effect on the art community like it does elsewhere by sharing information and giving people something to talk about. For Gause, everything slowly started happening on Instagram.

“It’s funny,” she said. “I mean, I’ve got a follower in Russia looking at some of my paintings. That couldn’t happen without Instagram, so that is pretty cool.”

The artist said one of the biggest takeaways from her apprenticeship was giving people imagery every day and staying in their memory.

“People like to see new things, and people like to see habit,” she said. “Starting on a social media platform like Instagram I’ve been able to show my work.”

Gause said she wants to continue large-scale paintings, and finalizing her craft and continuing her aesthetic of it to show people what she’s all about.


Like most people, Gause said she would agree that the art scene in Nashville is small, and like most people, she admits and appreciates that it is growing at a rapid rate.

“It’s got a long way to go before it’s something that’s talked about,” she said. The artist suggested more pop-up shows as a way to inspire more support for art locally.

“A pop-up show starts with one person,” she said. “It starts with a location, whether it’s a residence or a venue and someone to curate a show. It could be your work or works of other individuals. It’s usually a one-night event spread by word of mouth or fliers.”

As for herself, Gause said she sees a future fully entering the conceptual art field later once GAUS ART has grown and she can focus on her sculpture.

When Neat Nashville asked if she would relocate to somewhere closer to Nashville, the artist replied she doesn’t see a move in the near future. Instead, she wants to stay closer to her clientele in Williamson County

“Interior design is huge here,” she said. “People care about it, which is great because I support people being creative.”

After the RAW art show, GAUS wants to explore some other venues including local coffee shops, online artist boutiques, and some other things.

“I tell some of my friends who aren’t used to talking about art, ‘Instead of being intimidated by art just look at for what it is and start asking yourself questions.’ Usually, art begs for attention,” she said. “If you give it attention, and you ask of it, you’ll slowly start to understand something that is abstract.”

For more information on Sydni Gause and her amazing work, visit her on Instagram: @gaus_art or email her at

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