Wash, rinse and then dry. If you do it like Ann Goetze, you may wind up with a piece of art.
Goetze has always been blessed with an artistic eye.
A paintbrush or camera in her hands often leads to a painting or photo that winds up in a fancy art gallery.
Sometimes all it takes to inspire her is a basket of clean clothes.
Goetze doesn't need a fancy gallery to hang her art.
She's hanging it in her backyard. T-shirts and blouses can be her canvas.
"I grew up with the clothesline, so once I moved out here it made perfect sense," said Goetze. "I think it's relaxing, very relaxing."
It's also her art, a breezy salute to simplicity.
"That we can find beauty in everyday life, it is in the simple things," said Goetze. "We don't have to complicate it."
A camera and paintbrush make unmentionables very mentionable, and now they are on display at the Arts Company Gallery in downtown Nashville.
Detergent and determination are all she needs.
"And I'll remember this too, I'll want to paint it," said Goetze. "It turns it into something else besides a shirt."
Goetze is cleaning out the closet while adding to her portfolio.
"I think they're beautiful," said Goetze. "Makes you pay attention to the weather you know, what kind of day it is, which way the wind is blowing. Makes you get out there and be part of it."
There are so many positives like no dryer lint and lower electric bills. There is no worry of running out of artistic inspiration.
"And they smell wonderful," said Goetze. "It's good for the soul. There's always something to wash."
A lot of people out there never thought about turning their dirty laundry into any form of art, but creativity can often be a crazy thing.
Goetze's closet collection is on display at Nashville's Arts Company, located at 215 5th Ave. N. in downtown Nashville.
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