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Tatana Kellner
updated: 09/23/2012
website: tatanakellner.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Embarrassing Facts
Devouring
Terminal
Kamil
untitled
Red divide
Unearthed
Secret Acts
Compulsion
Illegal
We Are Not Interested in You
Lethal Mix
reconsider
reconsider
reconsider
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, collage, figurative, humor, narrative, memory, political, site-specific, social criticism, surreal
 
 
Embarrassing Facts by Tatana Kellner
Embarrassing Facts
transfer drawing collage
2006
42" x  21" 
Devouring by Tatana Kellner
Devouring
transfer drawing, charcoal and collage
2007
27" x  41" 
Terminal by Tatana Kellner
Terminal
transfer drawing, acrylic and collage
2006
41" x  27" 
Kamil by Tatana Kellner
Kamil
transfer drawing and encaustic
2008
16 " x  20 " 
untitled by Tatana Kellner
untitled
transfer drawing and encaustic
2008
20" x  16" 
Red divide by Tatana Kellner
Red divide
transfer drawing, encaustic
2008
20 " x  16 " 
Unearthed by Tatana Kellner
Unearthed
transfer drawing, encaustic
2008
20 " x  16 " 
Secret Acts by Tatana Kellner
Secret Acts
transfer drawing and collage on canvas
2006
61" x  37" 
Compulsion by Tatana Kellner
Compulsion
transfer drawing, charcoal and collage
2007
43" x  27" 
Illegal by Tatana Kellner
Illegal
transfer drawing, watercolor and collage
2006
50" x  20" 
We Are Not Interested in You by Tatana Kellner
We Are Not Interested in You
transfer drawing, charcoal and collage
2007
41" x  27" 
Lethal Mix by Tatana Kellner
Lethal Mix
transfer drawing, charcoal and collage
2007
36" x  42" 
reconsider by Tatana Kellner
reconsider
installation (transfer drawing on handmade paper)
2007
Dimensions variable
reconsider by Tatana Kellner
reconsider
installation detail
2007
Dimensions variable
reconsider by Tatana Kellner
reconsider
transfer drawing on handmade paper
2007
21 " x  11 "  x 4 " 

Artist Statement

My work evolves out of my personal experience and is concerned with everyday issues of existence. In a culture where words are more accessible than visual images, and in the age of media over saturation, I grapple with that plethera of information and wonder about the possibility of original vision.

As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, my work often pays homage to the loss incurred by history. From early exploration of my parents' experiences as Holocaust survivors, to a memorial piece for the victims of September 11th, to my recent politically inspired work, I continue my investigation into human behavior, the cycle of life and death, and the cultural and political events that help us make sense of our lives.

I think of myself as a hunter/gather collecting visual details from the detritus of modern life. I'm working on a new series dealing with the selling of war to the American people. I have long been interested in the disjunction of information presented by the media/government and reality.

The current political landscape, with the erosion of civil liberties, the deterioration of public dialog and the attempt at suppressing any dissenting voices, has occupied my thinking and guided my work.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Czechoslovakia, studied painting at the University of Toledo (BA) and printmaking at Rochester Institute of Technology (MFA).

Founding member and Artistic Director of Women’s Studio Workshop, an artists’ workspace in Rosendale, NY.

Exhibited in USA and Canada, most recently at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Collins, Co, Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY, Creative Concepts in Beacon, NY, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, DC and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA.

Grants award include the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, The Photographer’s Fund Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant.

Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Lightwork, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel and Ragdale Foundation.

Please see the artist's website for full details of works and exhibitions.