LandEscape Art Review // Special Issue - Page 152

Land scape CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW Tanya Ziniewicz Lives and works in Baltimore, MD USA he Land series investigates subtleties of human interaction, imagination, and Ttransience through a network of organic linear forms that are continually emerging, growing, reaching, and intertwining. The series begins as a study of delicate balance between positive and negative space, between what is visible and invisible, by way of quiet but intricate panoramas. While the forms are invented, they suggest such things as rhizomes, ribbons, neurons, or strands of muscle tissue. My intention is for the images to waver between definition and ambiguity, inviting the viewer to discover a unique interpretation and association. The Excavation series begins digging below the ground to reveal a subterranean network of colorful forms. In creating these images, I imagine building and traversing paths between observation and invention, logic and emotion, similar to a mind filled with thoughts that sprout and extend, curl and unfurl, tangled like a mass of unwound string or a clustered mound of roots. The Ascent series follows the forms on an upward climb into airy, sky-like negative space, as variations in movement and tension suggest infinite possibilities, overlaps, endings, and beginnings. In Buoyant and Mirage, the forms float above and move through water-like space. I imagine the forms sinking, swimming, and floating. I imagine them adjusting and adapting as they transition between water and air. They submerge and emerge, changing in color and visibility, and I compare these transformations to changes in perception and understanding that result from slight shifts in perspective. Tanya Ziniewicz investigates subtleties of human interaction, imagination, and transience through a network of organic linear forms that are continually emerging, growing, reaching, and intertwining. Her images build and traverse paths between observation and invention, logic and emotion, similar to a mind filled with thoughts that sprout and extend, curl and unfurl, tangled like a mass of unwound string or a clustered mound of roots. The forms are invented, stemming from things such as rhizomes, ribbons, neurons, or strands of muscle tissue. Tanya earned a BFA in Drawing from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003 and an MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. She currently resides in Baltimore, MD and has been teaching at Towson University since 2008.