About Tanya Morand
Since 1984 Tanya Morand's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and now belongs to private and public collections in Canada, the USA and Europe. She has been a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec. In Montreal, she has taught fine arts at Concordia University, The Visual Arts Centre, and Dawson College. She presently teaches drawing and painting at Champlain St. Lawrence College in Quebec City. Depuis 1984 les Å“uvres de Tanya Morand ont Ã©tÃ© exposÃ©s au Canada et Ã lâ€™extÃ©rieur et appartiennent aux collections en Canada, les Ã‰tats et en Europe. Elle a Ã©tÃ© rÃ©cipient des bourses de Conseil des Arts du Canada et aussi Le Conseil des Arts et Lettres du QuÃ©bec. Ã€ MontrÃ©al, elle a enseignÃ© les beaux arts Ã lâ€™UniversitÃ© Concordia, au CollÃ¨ge Dawson et au Centre des Arts Visuels. PrÃ©sentement elle enseigne le dessin et peinture au CollÃ¨ge Champlain St. Lawrence Ã QuÃ©bec. Tanya Morands artistic practice consists not only of the production of drawings and paintings, but also of photographs and mixed-media objects. However, drawing and painting remain integral to her practice. Her most recent work featured here consists of oil paintings on canvas of facades of buildings, skies and treetops. Her interest in other artists from the past and present is large and at first glance may seem eclectic. Considering the predominance of sky, botany and urban elements in her imagery, she discusses below some of the artists whom have inspired her: Although his paintings are very different from mine, I admire the work of John Virtue, his interpretations of the discombobulated density of the London skyline rendered tiny against his heavy and turbulent skies. I like his process of drawing outdoors on a daily basis and then combining and transforming his drawings into large paintings in the studio. Giorgio Morandi is my daily reminder of steadfastness and the importance of looking, as much for his still-lifes as for his cityscapes and landscapes. I go rambling with Virtue in mind and then work hard in the studio thinking of Morandi. I am intrigued by the eeriness of Giorgio de Chiricos streets and his distorted perspectives. In my recent paintings of buildings isolated under dramatic skies, I intend the buildings to function as a trope for the self, isolated in a vast arena of meteorological elements. I want to evoke not only an atmosphere of solitude, but also of uneasiness, similar to the feeling of the surreal urban scenes of de Chirico. I would like the buildings in my paintings to have paradoxically a mute and expressive countenance, akin to the sober but eloquent bottles of Morandis still-lifes. I have been interested in botany and particularly in trees all my life. More recently, I became fascinated by the microcosms of the botanical photos of Karl Blossfeldt, and inspired by the descriptions of century old trees as told by Richard Preston in his book The Wild Trees. As an artist, I alternate between the lure of the outdoors where I can experience, draw and photograph the sky, trees and urban elements which are constantly changing with the light, the weather and the seasons and my desire to compose images with these elements in the studio.