If what we create reflects where we have been, then Tanya Clarke’s Liquid Lights track her journey beautifully. If who we are is the sum of our parts, then Tanya’s art perfectly defines her.
Tanya says that it is only through reflection that she sees her life bringing her to this artistic point. She did not plan, foresee, or plot out a linear line, but through a circuitous route found herself creating pieces that clearly encompass aspects of who she is, and where she has been.
She “paints” with light. “Living in New York I was surrounded by very dense materials – a lot of concrete, and a lot of metal. In California I live near the beach and water is ever present in my consciousness. Growing up in Canada, conversations with my father, who is a political activist, about water conservation led me to want to connect to him on some level.” Though she did not set out to create something that would encompass the route her life has taken, all of these pieces led to the creation of Liquid Light. Part metal, part water, part familial connection. These pieces are a clear reflection of her journey.
Liquid Light began to fill a personal aesthetic need. As an actress she was used to filling space, and creating atmosphere. She was also used to living in New York, where the old buildings are works of art. When she arrived on the west coast she realized that she was going to need something beautiful to cover up the “pre-fab look of the stucco ceilings” that now made up her home. She began to dream and come up with a hazy concept of what she wanted to create, which would eventually become droplets of glowing light.
Written by: Alana Trevino Itaya
Photos by: Brianna Baggett
Compiled by: Colleen Ordonio