Tanya Andrew’s art practice encompasses a wide variety of media but more often takes the form of painting, which is central to her work.
Tanya is an artist who is drawn to the idiosyncrasies that surround us, her work questions how we make sense of these and relate to them in a wider social context. Tanya’s main themes throughout her work focuses on containment, boundaries and interrelationships.
In her paintings Tanya will often work with eco pigment powders, in recognition of the potential for environmental change. The paint will be applied with coffee stirrers and bank cards, two essential consumerist commodities of modern culture. Thus the media and application of it seem to contradict one another. These juxtapositions interrelate on the canvas, where Tanya looks to counterbalance a contemporary predicament, the over consumption of Earth’s resources to satisfy capitalist needs. Her work reflects an existential struggle through abstraction.
Tanya is influenced by the ideas of the deep ecology movement and as an art psychotherapist is interested in the notion of an ecological self, the cultivation of identification with our natural surroundings as a further stage in our maturation process.