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SERAPHYM 48” X 72” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


Tanya Slingsby works from her 2,000 square foot private atelier in Vancouver, Canada. Exhibiting

in Canada, the United States, UAE, and the UK, her work is part of several private collections found in top 100 homes along the west coast of North America. Born on Saltspring Island, BC, Tanya continues to extend and refine elements of her artistic process after two decades of study and application. She completed her undergraduate work with Honours at the University of Victoria and holds a Masters Degree in Aesthetics and History of Art from the University of Sussex, UK.

Her work offers perspectives on how universal forces react with one another in various scapes: the

natural and the artificial, matter and ether, light and darkness. The work purveys how tension, chaos and destruction arise and exist in tandem with order, balance and creation. Tanya explores these universal forces as allegories of the human condition and human experience: the struggle between the ego and the spirit, the subjugation and emancipation of self and the commixing of fear and love. As a formalist, Tanya engages colour, surface and spatial elements through a meditative subtraction and addition of layers. She uses a variety of media including marble dust, acrylic polymer resins, acrylics, wax and oil pigments.


DERENSA 36” X 60” Acrylic on Canvas 2007

DE REN S A A RT IS T ’ S NOT ES ‘Derensa’ is actually a portmanteau - the amalgamation of other words to create a more dense but oftentimes enigmatic meaning. The name is a combination of three words, two of which are Egyptian (influenced by my trip there in April 2007). DE - is a prefix meaning ‘of’ or ‘belonging to’ REN - is the Egyptian word for ‘name’ SA - is an ancient hieroglyph meaning ‘protection’ The painting is titled ‘Derensa’ to mean ‘a name of protection’ or ‘a place of protection’ whereby the actual aesthetic experience of the viewer is one of  the same. The colours and their relationships have formal meaning but more importantly they act as allegories. I have done my best to describe the symbolism and allegorical representation in Derensa below: The colours chosen in Derensa represent more than one discourse in the painting. The discourse I am going to focus on in this description is that which represents the human condition. This is the most complex. In this discourse, reds represent the mulhadara chakra. It is the first or primary chakra of Hindu and


Yogic traditions. Chakras are considered to be the nexus of our human bio-physicality as well as our metaphysical essence. Red is also used in Derensa to represent power and life/death energy as well as the transformative fire elements of earth (creation/destruction). Brown is used in Derensa to represent insurgence and commixing of all elements/energies/experiences ubiquitously in a space. Brown is technically a tertiary color and requires to mixing of several complimentary (opposite) colors to be created. This spatial representation is very important in my work because it acts as an allegory for the existential transitions of the human condition. Specifically, this is between ‘samsara’ and ‘moksha’. ‘Samsara’ is derived from ‘to flow together’, to go or pass through states, to wander. It is understood as a game in ancient India , like a revolving door between life, death and new life through reincarnation. In most Indian philosophy and tradition, (Hindu, Sikhism, Jain and Buddhist systems), the cycles of birth, death and rebirth are a fact of nature. However, most regard Samsara as a ‘fallen condition’: one which is to be escaped. Samsara can be understood also as the ignorant state of the True Self, wherein the soul is led to believe in the reality of a temporal, phenomenal world. Moksha is the transitional point where the True Self is liberated from the cycle of life and all suffering and limitation of worldly existence. It is transcendence of the phenomenal Self and transcendence of time, space and consciousness. The space where the brown and white areas of Derensa meet represent the horizon of ascension (similar to points of ascension as in Icaran: transcendence of the the True Self rather than the releasing of Souls from their earthly energies, the same but different. In both works they are places of release.) Moksha is understood as the final release from one’s worldly conception of self. It is “the loosening of the shackle of experiential duality and the re-establishment in one’s own fundamental nature, ineffable and beyond sensation.” The white areas of Derensa represent the space in which the True self enters the formless and timeless. This is difficult to visualize as it is means to represent a state without tangibility or comprehension. I hope this discussion helps you to connect with some of the dialogue present in Derensa. I would like to ICARAN triptych 40” X 90” Acrylic on Canvas 2006

leave my descriptions here and suggest that you go back to the piece and pay close attention to how the painting makes you feel as you ‘be’ with it. This the most important experience of the painting.


SelectedWorks


TERASYL 51” X 67” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


CAPRICA 14” X 11” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


EPHENMA 36” X 36” Mixed Media on Canvas 2007


DERENSA 36” X 60” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


SOYOQUA 30” X 40” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


NARHEYE 12” X 12” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


RISSLYN 12” X 72” Acrylic on Canvas 2006


GNOSYS 36” X 60” Acrylic on Canvas 2007

DARMAR 30” X 30” Acrylic, Damar on Canvas 2007


MARIYST 36” X 48” Mixed Media on Canvas 2007


CAJUE 40” X 30” Mixed Media, Encaustic on Canvas 2007


DEMOTHI 48” X 10” Acrylic on Canvas 2008


KANACHE 12” X 12” Mixed Media on Canvas 2006


PHESARYN 36” X 36” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


OCEOLYN 24” X 12” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


SPHERESONE 48” X 60” Acrylic on Canvas 2006


VISPIN 12” X 12” Acrylic on Canvas 2007

LUCA 26” X 30” Acrylic on Canvas 2007


ALARYS 36” X 36” Mixed Media, Encaustic on Canvas 2007


KADESSI triptych 72” x 108” Mixed Media on Canvas 2008


HYDRAS triptych 40” X 90” Mixed Media on Canvas 2006


AT EL IER EXHIB I T I ON S 2008

April 17th

Statement of Place: Premiere & Exhibition, 117 East Second Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada

SO L O EXHIBIT IONS 2004

Feb 19/20

Samsara, Solo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2004

Sept 09 - Oct 13

Samsara, Artforte Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Kirkland, WA, USA

2004 / 2005

Nov 30 - Jan 07

Serenis, Sugar & Sugar, Solo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2005

Dec 01 - Dec 04

New Works, Inzamia, Solo Exhibition – Art Basel, Miami, FL, USA

2006

Jan 14 - Feb 14

New Works, Directions, Solo Exhibition, Miami, FL, USA

2006

Apr 25 - Jun 02

New Works, Sugar & Sugar, Solo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006

Dec 9 - Dec 15

New Works, Art Basel 2007, Directions, Solo Exhibition, Miami, FL, USA

2006

Apr 08

Live Painting – Artwalk, Wynwood & Design District Artwalk, Solo Exhibition, Directions, Miami, FL, USA

2007

Feb 25 - Apr 30

Caitra, Chambar, Solo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

Aug 08 - Sept 28

Prasara, Trunk Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada


GRO UP EX H I B I T I ON S 2004

Apr 15 - May 15th

Coal Harbour Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2004

May13 - Jun 13

Artforte Gallery, Group Exhibition, Kirkland, WA, USA

2004

Jun 24 - Jul 24

Terra Firma, Ayden Gallery, Group Exhibition, Curator/ Director, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2005

Feb 01 - March 31

Aaron Ross Gallery, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2005

May 01 - May 31

Artforte Gallery, Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA, USA

2005

May 27

Studio 420, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2005

Jun 01 - Jun 30

Artforte Gallery, Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA, USA

2005

Jul 24 - Aug 02

St. Paul’s Gallery, Group Exhibition, London, UK

2005

0ct 14 - Oct 16

DUMBO Arts Festival, Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2005

Dec 3 - Jan 3

Addison Gallery, Group Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL, USA

2006

Mar 18

Studio 420, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006

Oct 19

Liberty Art Party, Liberty, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2006

Nov 02 - Dec 02

Under the Autumn Moon, Artforte Gallery, Duo Exhibition, Seattle, WA, USA

2006

Nov 30 - Dec 30

Sensitivity to Colour, Vancouver Art Gallery, Duo Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

Feb 15

Art & Cocktails, Volvo and CBC, Fairmont Hotel Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2007

Mar 02 - Apr 02

Kai, Artforte Gallery, Duo Exhibition, Seattle, WA, USA

2007

May 10 - Jun 15

Trunk Gallery, Group Exhibition and Launch, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

July 4 - Aug 4

Courtyard Gallery, Group Exhibition - Summer Show, Dubai, UAE

2007

Oct 13

Splash! Arts Umbrella, Live Auction, Group Exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

Sept 6

Art for Aids Orphans, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

Sept 03 - 30

Urban Zen, Group Exhibition, Artforte Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

2007

Sept 16 - Sept 30

Color Your Enthusiasm, Group Exhibition, Broadway Gallery, NYC, New York, USA

2007

Oct 04

Images for Hope, Group Exhibition, Curator: Sara Murray, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007

Nov 7

Liberty Art Party, Group Exhibition, Liberty, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008

May 4th - May 31st

Spring, Group Exhibition, Artforte, Seattle, WA, USA

2008

June 21st

United with Art, Auction & Gala, Unicef Canada, Rocky Mountain Station, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008

Sept 27th

FMA 2008, Vancouver Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008

Oct 4th

Splash! Art Auction and Gala, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, BC, Canada


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