Tanya Gill

Fibers and Materials | Paper | Chicago, Il, United States
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Artist Statement

A seemingly small event can alter ones being, our society, and our physical environment in a very substantial way. This event may simply be deciding to react, or not, to another. These continuous everyday alterations are poetically examined in my work.

Holes are made in the fabric or paper, and then filled with daring or inlay. The fabric/paper is made whole again, and a unified surface is created. The process mimics the act of adaptation. I arrived at this exploration through my own experience of living between cultures, and observing myself assimilating to my new surroundings. The old lives with the new, and a new existence is made.

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About Tanya Gill

While living in India my work shifted in both medium and concept. The experiences of adaptation lead me to paper inlay, as well as to the use of darning. Darning is a similar process to paper inlay, but with cloth and thread. I use inlay/darning to bring different surfaces together, or to reweave a hole in the cloth. In both methods the paper/cloth is made whole again, and a unified surface is created. I am investigating all the nuances darning and inlay hold with in the idea of personal adaptation.

In addition to being a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, I have been a fellow at McDowell Artists Colony, an Artist in Residence at Haystack Mountain School of crafts, an Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation, an Affiliate at Headlands Center for the Arts and a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. In 1997 I received my MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and in 1992 my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I live between Chandigarh, India, and Chicago, Illinois.

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Artist Statement

A seemingly small event can alter ones being, our society, and our physical environment in a very substantial way. This event may simply be deciding to react, or not, to another. These continuous everyday alterations are poetically examined in my work.

Holes are made in the fabric or paper, and then filled with daring or inlay. The fabric/paper is made whole again, and a unified surface is created. The process mimics the act of adaptation. I arrived at this exploration through my own experience of living between cultures, and observing myself assimilating to my new surroundings. The old lives with the new, and a new existence is made.

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About Tanya Gill

While living in India my work shifted in both medium and concept. The experiences of adaptation lead me to paper inlay, as well as to the use of darning. Darning is a similar process to paper inlay, but with cloth and thread. I use inlay/darning to bring different surfaces together, or to reweave a hole in the cloth. In both methods the paper/cloth is made whole again, and a unified surface is created. I am investigating all the nuances darning and inlay hold with in the idea of personal adaptation.

In addition to being a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, I have been a fellow at McDowell Artists Colony, an Artist in Residence at Haystack Mountain School of crafts, an Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation, an Affiliate at Headlands Center for the Arts and a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. In 1997 I received my MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and in 1992 my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I live between Chandigarh, India, and Chicago, Illinois.

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