Arcticum Lappa: Tenacious Leaves, Tenacious Memories
Photographic Emulsion on Burdock Leaf
20 x 16 inches
BIO: Tatana Kellner was born in Czechoslovakia and has an M.F.A. in Printmaking from R.I.T. Her practice encompasses photography, installation, drawing and artists’ books. She uses these media to comment on contemporary culture. Kellner has exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibition were held at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Kentler International Drawing Space, CAS Gallery at Kean University, Union, NJ; Kunstlerhause Ziegelhutte, Darmstadt, Germany; and Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY. She has been awarded grants and residencies from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation, among others. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. www.tatanakellner.com
STATEMENT: My work evolves organically and is focused on the visceral nature of experience. My drawings and collages, mostly abstract, with the occasional hint of representation are purely visual. They suspend time and mark space, creating a quietude or a retreat from the cacophony of contemporary life. My process is intuitive. I begin with a mark, a large abstract shape, or a photograph. From these tentative beginnings, through a process of accumulation and subtraction, a new visual conversation emerges. I’m interested in the gap between abstraction and representation. It is this ambiguity that intrigues me. What keeps me interested is the evolving relationship between drawing, culture and politics.