Tanya's multi-media compositions and
installations bring together traditional mediums of drawing, printmaking, collage, and painting
with a wide range of found materials,
each with a story .
The"soul quality"of things weathered by time
and the elements, for example, a tattered muslim curtain from an abandoned farmhouse kitchen; a shard of wood from a fallen
century-old barn; a fragment of pottery churned up by a plough, evokes a dreamlike presence,
with gestural lines and organic textures meeting
a refined sense of fragility and temporality.
The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi is a wisdom that she cultivates both in her
collection of materials and in the process of creating. A sensibility which has no direct translation to English, Wabi-Sabi is sometimes defined as “the beauty of things impermanent and incomplete”. Much more than an aesthetic, she believes it touches a universal longing for genuineness, acceptance, and a sense of reverence.
Also a photographer and poet,
in a recent exhibition entitled
"A Botany of Dreams", her
accompanying words, both
written and spoken, add the
element of voice to her
structural forms, resulting in
a uniquely layered range
of expressions that convey
the perennial theme
of relationship to place,
through the lens of myth,
literature and memory .
A native of Quebec's rural Eastern Townships, Tanya holds a Bachelor
of Fine Arts from Bishops University. Her work can be found
in collections internationally.