Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany

Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany

Ballinagleeragh, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

About Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany

Born 1983 in South Wales, but raised in South East London where she lived until the age of 16. Harriet has since made her home and studio in rural Co. Leitrim, Ireland, where she lives to date.

Harriet holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Sligo IT and completed her (MFA) Masters in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in Belfast in 2009.

Harriet is a multidisciplinary visual artist, working in many mediums including charcoal, paint, installation and video. Her work is an ongoing exploration of themes inspired by fairytales, nursery rhymes and mythology. “I am interested in ‘hermeneutics’ the art, theory and methodology of interpretation, giving attention to characters, events and symbols in a story’s underlying structure.”

As an artist who has come of age in an era defined by popular culture her work, often described as Pop Surrealism exploring ideas concerning the mass media as a present and active part of the cultural consciousness.

Harriet’s work contains a multiplicity of visual languages inspired by popular culture namely animation and childhood culture, fragments of narrative carry with them vestiges of their original meanings and yet in their new setting can also suggest other interpretations. Imagery and forms isolated from their original contexts to combine in new and unexpected ways.

"My artwork is mainly narrative based featuring feminine characters. I think of myself as a multi-disciplinary artist, my approaches are often diverse, the works like myself are ever changing and developing, I am yet to have found a definitive style. There is however an evident evolution in my work and at times a deconstruction, the work is personal underneath the formal explored themes, ideas and inspirations they contain. The artwork becomes an energy container that acts as a personal archive of memory, a recording of some emotive expression of myself at an early time when the work was new. Looking at older work is a way to reflect on myself. Making art for me is fun and sometimes challenging, a centering meditation and adventure into my imagination, reuniting fragments of thought, de-cluttering my mind and heart by releasing those things I struggle to express in any other way."

Education

2007-2009 University of Ulster, Belfast, MFA – Master of Fine Arts Degree.

2003-2007 Sligo Institute of technology, BA Fine Art, (Honours Distinction)

2001-2002 VEC, Quay ST. Sligo. NCVA Art, Craft & Design, National Council for Vocational Awards (Irish)

1998-1999 A* Distinction for Art in General Certificate of Secondary Education (British)

AWARDS

2007 RDS Taylor Award.

Events

AWARDS

2007 Royal Dublin Society - RDS Taylor Award.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014       ‘Who Pulls The Strings’ (2nd showing), Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, Ireland.

2013       ‘Who Pulls The Strings’, White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2012        ‘The Fairy Frack Clash’, Emergence/The Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin City Centre North.

2011       ‘Electro’Cute’, The Safehouse Art Gallery, 25 Donegall St, Belfast City Centre, UK.

2011       ‘House of Sweets, A Hansel and Gretel Story’, Frame Of Mine Art Gallery, Ormeau Road, Belfast, UK.

2010       ‘Leprechaun Lolita’, The ArtMart Studios & Gallery, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

2009       ‘Aladdina’ MFA show, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, UK.

2008       ‘Candy Coated’. Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

2007       ‘Bedtime Stories’ BA Show, Sligo’s Institute of technology, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016       Group Show with Minaw Collective, ‘Now She Seizes That Moment’ at Gallery X, Dublin City Centre, Ireland.

2016       Group Show with The Twisted Oak collective, ‘Shared Dreamscapes’ at Iníon Veigh, Gallery and Craft Store in Sligo Town, Ireland.

2015       ‘Making Out - The Exquisite Diversity of Desire’ at Gallery X, Dublin City Centre, Ireland.

2014       Dames and Disks’. White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2014       ‘Board Rigid’ Painted Skateboard Exhibition. White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2014       Group Show with The Minaw Collective, ‘Female Street Art Exhibition’, White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2014       Gallery Artists Show, Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, Ireland.

2013       ‘Needles and Pens, White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2013       ‘Elements of the Elementary, a Sherlock Homes Exhibition’ Curated by Dominick O'Cruadhliocht, White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2012       ‘Goblin Market – New Irish Contemporary Art, Book Launch and Exhibition’ White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2012       ‘Green Eggs and Ham, A Dr Seuss Exhibition’ White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Temple bar, Dublin City Centre, D1, Ireland.

2012       ‘The Upset an Environmental Arts Event’ Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

2012       ‘This OFFSET Space’, as part of the OFFSET Creative Conference 2012, Emergence/The Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin City Centre North, Ireland.

2011       ‘After Hours’ Curated by Alexa MacDermot at the Complex, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, Dublin, Ireland.

2010       ‘…IS IT…’ Part of the Project ‘Trades Club Revival’ The Trades Club, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

2010       Gallery Artists Show, Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, Ireland.

2010       ‘Happy Place’, The ArtMart Studios & Gallery, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

2010       ‘ArtMartists’ part of Sligo’s annual Cairde Arts Festival. The ArtMart Studios & Gallery, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

2009       Juried Winter Group Show, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Mannorhamiltion, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

2009       Gallery Artists Show, Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, Ireland.

2009       ‘Sligo Art Crawl’, Various locations across Sligo Town as part of Sligo’s annual Cairde Arts Festival, Ireland.

2008       Gallery Artists Show, Teach Bán Nua Contemporary Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, Ireland.

2008       ‘Cambric Finish’, Rouges Gallery, Belfast, UK.

2008       'The Boat Show' On board The Belfast Barge a 600 ton cargo barge moored on the river Lagan situated behind the Waterfront Hall on Lanyon Quay, Belfast.

2007       Juried Group Show, ‘Royal Dublin Society Summer Travelling Exhibition’, RDS Concert

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