Cottonwood Center of Art Studio Artist: Welcome to Studio 110
Born a Colorado native then spending many formative years in Michigan surrounded by fresh water, I continually observe and am fascinated by its constantly changing form while it trickles, seeps and flows. I discover patterns when it freezes. I am spellbound when it floats in the air…it represents a precise process, an exchange of energy that has its own natural timing and organization.”
T’Alyne studied printmaking and foundry art at Arizona State University, where she graduated with an MFA in 2000. She has since built an impressive resume as a visiting artist and artist in residence both in Europe and in the U.S. and feels this experience has been a defining influence on her art practice. She has had residencies at Camac Centre D’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, Fourwinds Atelier, Aurielle France, Virginia Center of Creative Arts, Amherst VA, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, and the Webb School, Knoxville, TN. T’Alyne recently was awarded a Grant from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Botanic Garden. Head Curator, Alma Ruiz, LA Museum of Contemporary Art wrote about T’Alyne’s work and sent it to China in 2015.
Her abstract works, which are comprised of powdered pigment suspended in water-based varnish on fiberglass paper and wood, are meant to capture the temperament of her surroundings and to reflect the ever-changing environment. She has been influenced by Rothko, Diebenkorn, Laura Owen, Joan Mitchell and the French Surrealists.
T’Alyne views her artistic mission in part is a social one. She values the establishment of personal connections and hopes to be instrumental in building awareness of the importance of the environment to society and culture through her interactions with the public at all levels of art awareness.
“Through my work as an artist, I want to establish personal connections and be a part of the wave of collective consciousness implementing awareness. Building up our inventory of experiences that support the value of creativity and cultural heritage to the lives of citizens is key.”
My work focuses on the importance of mark making and how this establishes relationships and bridges between our understanding of the environment and self. I am interested in capturing the temperament of my surroundings and reflecting my ever-changing environment. Flickering between two-dimensional and three-dimensional experiences my work addresses the conceptual spirit of water. I continually observe and am fascinated by its constantly changing form while it trickles, seeps, and flows. I discover patterns when it freezes. I am spellbound when it floats in the air. Water is capable of great power and destruction. It is beautiful as it filters, reflects, refracts, and interacts with light. It represents a precise process, an exchange of energy that has its own natural timing and organization.
Water is a precious resource that we need to protect. Environmental awareness and protecting our natural resources are crucial if we are to survive. As a cultural we are too busy to notice the delicacy of this complete system of life. Through my work as an artist, I view my work as a means to highlight these subtle spaces that filter and support water. It is crucial that we attend to the beauty, tranquility, and serenity in order to return to the center of balance. When we take care of our water we directly impact ourselves.
Museo De Arte Contemporanco, Mexico
Carrillo Gil Mexico D.F., Mexico
Grand Valley State University, Michigan
West Michigan Centre of Arts and Technology, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kaiser Foundation, California
Fondation Franck Tenot, France
Pole University, Vichy, France
E.on Energie AG, Munich, Germany
PFE Prufungsgesellschaft fur Energieversorgunosunternehmen mbh, Munich, Germany
Hais Architects, Phoenix, Arizona
Terra Sana, Alberta, Canada
First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Curtiss Legg, Ph.D., Ariz