WCA-Michigan member artist T’Alyne is clearly in her element when it comes to water and the environment. Two recent shows in Michigan, Clouds and Waterfalls (Grand Rapids Arts Council, 2012) and Then There was Water (Open Concept Gallery, 2011) emphasize her continuing fascination with this ubiquitous yet precious substance. She is currently working on a new body of work about water and the environment as a visiting artist in Colorado, and has also recently shown her work in a solo exhibition entitled Clouds at the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Living 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 that has its own natural timing and organization.
T’Alyne studied printmaking and foundry art at Arizona State University, graduating 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, France; Fourwinds Atelier Aurielle, France; Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and at the Webb School, Knoxville, TN.
Her abstract works, which are composed 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 changing environment. She has been influenced by Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Laura Owen, Joan Mitchell and the French Surrealists.
T’Alyne views her artistic mission in part as 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 communication 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 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.”
For more information about T’Alyne and her work, go to http://www.studiotalyne.com.