Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany
Living and practicing in rural Co. Leitrim in the North-West of Ireland, Harriet is a multidisciplinary visual artist, working in many mediums including charcoal, paint, ceramics and installation. She makes narrative based artworks featuring distinctive big eyed feminine characters this work is an ongoing exploration of themes inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes and mythology. “I am interested in ‘hermeneutics’ the art of literal translation, in 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 is often described as Pop Surrealism exploring ideas concerning the mass media as a present and active part of the cultural consciousness. These works contain a multiplicity of visual expressions forming metaphysical landscapes inspired by popular culture namely animation and childhood culture with imagery and forms isolated from their original contexts combine in new and unexpected ways.
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. – Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany