After a failed experiment using letters in a fire bowl I washed things off and placed them to dry. Then I started playing with the letters and "Zoom" appeared. After car-crash still-life arranging it was ready.
The unignited flammables, the meaningless crowded letters, the messiness of it all.
Oh how I grew to hate Zoom.
Art Guild of Pacifica Award Exhibition 2021
After being awarded this exhibition a year ago the journey to produce this work has been meaningful and challenging. The contractual requirement to maintain the identical media the award was given for presented a unique type of restriction I was unaccustomed to, humorously paralleling Life With COVID and its myriad of restrictions and risks.
Through the lens of this new normal is how I approached the work. Everything seemed to refer to this reality and I was literally seeing things everywhere. OMG that tree looks like my nephew’s COVID beard! OMG I’m in a TENT camping! I’m outside! My cat died! But she killed a bird first! Why can’t I blow things up like I used to be able to? Why are those trees talking so loud? Who knew that holographic glitter was a portal to infinity? Those dirty dishes look like an alien life form! And oh! how I came to hate Zoom.
This work consists of anthropomorphic landscapes, interiorscapes, still lifes, and dynamic experiments. Video clips link with many of these images via ARTIVIVE app, adding an augmented reality layer.
The use of backlighting was in part to echo our living life so very much in front of screens. The lightboxes are tuned to 6500K, a more blue daylight and the prints were printed warmly to result in a split tone effect mixing the highlights to be cooler and the darker tones to be warmer. Reflecting an emotional push-pull undercurrent. Election anyone?
May this work bring pleasure, solemnity, or somehow resonate, perhaps even with humor, with you and yours and what you have witnessed and endured.
We are not alone.
Tanya Lin, Artist
Almost before I could read I was devouring images from my parents piles of art books and magazines, in tow to galleries, theatre and art museums. When quite small I recall being severely reprimanded when I immediately used up the complete contents of the very expensive oil paint and canvas set my parents gave me on 2 very thickly painted paintings. It was not a hit.
Eventually I (via majoring in laser and fiber optics then electrical engineering) found the City University of NY Baccalaureate program and after falling in love with Holography, chose that as my studio art major taking classes at The School of Visual Arts and workshops at The Museum of Holography and with several prominent artists working in that medium, along with the requisite standard art and studio art classes.
My other works include a black and white dynamic vignette photography series In Search of Fertility, the x-ray project Personal Archeology – Remembrance, Colorful abstract fire photos series Flaming Foods, a breathing baby doll kinetic sculpture Waiting To Be Born, A sculptural Day of the Dead alter to my aborted child, Bill’s Baby, 3D miniature print series A Woman's Place using clitoris models, virtual reality paintings The Garden of No and All About You, and then adding an augmented reality layer to flat art via ARTIVIVE.
Being a mostly local artist I have shown work extensively in the Bay Area, and due to studio relocation am starting to expand into the extreme East Bay and Central Valley.
I work in photography, x-ray photography, holography, 3D printing, kinetic assemblage, and virtual reality. When feasible I employ a “what the hell!” experimental invitation to chance and randomness by introducing dynamic elements and then harvest what that conjuring offers up.
Themes tend to gravitate towards hope, loss, remembrance of the dead, food, feminist topics, the lens of current events, and finding humor.
For a more detailed list of exhibits and awards please see below.
B.A. 1992 Studio Art Holography City University of New York
2020 Excellence Award with exhibition, Annual Art Guild of Pacifica
2010 Excellence Award with exhibition, Annual Art Guild of Pacifica
2004 Merit Award, Arts on Fire VIII Sanchez Art Center
2021 Elements of Renewal, Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA
2021 Take Me There, Bankhead Theater Gallery, Livermore, CA
2020 Overtures,Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Online exhibition
2019 My Happy Place, Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2018 Fruition, Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Gallery 9, Los Altos, CA
2018 Summer Days, Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Freemont, CA
2017 New Works, Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA
2016 All things Plant Life, three artists, Partners Gallery, Ft. Bragg, CA
2015 Enwombed, solo exhibition, Twin Pines Art Center Manor House, Belmont, CA
2014 Seasons of Life, Women’s Caucus for Art Chapter, Peninsula Art Institute, Burlingame, CA
2013 Sustenance, solo exhibition, Salada Beach Cafe, Pacifica, CA
2012 Remembrance: Personal Archeology, Pacifica Community Center Gallery, Pacifica CA
2011 Excellence Award, four artists, Annual Art Guild of Pacifica, CA
2009 Technopia, five artists, Skyline College Gallery, San Bruno, CA
2008 San Francisco Archeology, solo exhibition, Milton Marks Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 In Search Of Fertility, solo exhibition, Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA
2007 SUBCUTANEOUS: A Deeper Look, solo exhibition, Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Pacifica, CA
2006 In Search of Fertility, solo exhibition, Gallery 25 ARTshare, San Mateo, CA
2006 Spectrum21, Modern Book Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2005 Intimate Floral, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2004 Dia de los Muertos: Fifth Direction, Communion with Death, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2004 Two Halves, One Whole: Exploring Gender Archetypes, SOMARTS Gallery, ARTworkSF,
San Francisco, CA
2011 In Search of Fertility: A Visual Journey Towards Motherhood, Stanford Workshop, BLURB
2016 My Friend Prometheus: Flaming Foods, Self printed, bound & published, Limited Edition