Tanya Wolski (b. 1984) lives and works in the US (Connecticut)
Q: How do you explain the diversity of your works?
Tanya: I don’t see a huge gap between my paintings and installations. I am interested in certain expressions. For that matter, I have practiced two dimensional paintings, introducing slight physical structures. These include the works “The Broad Street”, 2007 and “BIue Amber”, 2008; (now in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art). I apply thicker paint layers for some works, until it pushes me into three dimensional venue. Then installations and painted sculptures appear. Summer 2011 became the season of such ‘bodily’ work. I am fond of the interaction between all the work I do.
Q: What is “The Seeds” and “Wild Trees” Series? How do you relate the content of the series?
T: The title unlocks a variety of interpretations. Works in “The Seeds” series rise up from the awareness of Time as the Force. It is powerful to turn a seed into a tree, welcome blossoms, engage into fruitful seasons, embrace the maturity, and pass the life forward. “The Seeds” questions permanence in any form. Contrasting artworks are engaged in relations to each other, gradually changing, growing through its ‘seasons’.
“My Wild Trees…” I could never think of being fascinated with wild forestry until it started to occupy my mind first then the living room. As I helped the “Trees” to ‘grow’ taller and wider, I shaped their context, addressing the diversity of human desires for pleasure, and found the question challenging – What are they really, Human Desires?!
Q: How do you come up with projects? What inspires you?
T: I am an observer, and I understand how powerful a visual object can be. Any project starts with an idea that sparks out of my observation of some situation, then I can rate down inspirations like conversations, literature, music. There is a huge number of ideas, but only few of them get to the next stage and become prospective projects. I link sensations, imagined feeling, mental associations, emotions to a particular subject or object. I think a project is successful when it connects all of the above, it becomes a multilevel communication system. I hope the idea is automatically recalls when viewers look at the artwork.
Q: What is the goal of your art?
T: The power of contemporary Art is fascinating. Art reflects the social standings, it tells us about who we are. Most of the time it doesn’t provide easily processed components. It evolves viewers into learning process, awareness of beauty, relationships between literal meaning and metaphoric expression. Simply, Art heals the body and soul. We should think of art and search for it as a vital nurture for intellectual development and emotional consciousness.