Essentially, I’m curious. About everything.
I make art, I write, I read, I wonder. I am intrigued by the way we think and feel, how we live and find meaning. Why we fall apart, and how we hurt and how we heal.
Born in Mackay, Australia and now working in a bush studio outside of Brisbane Tanja Stark works across mediums in oils and acrylics, mixed media and found materials, ink and clay. Beginning in 1999, she started working with paper, fire, earth, ash and clay on her poignant Burn series of work. It was at this time she developed the iconography and symbolism that continues to today; elemental spirals, paperbark, stove elements, fire and ash, feathers, clay paper and bones. This continued through the Containment series, Subcutanea and in recent years Suburban Gothic and the Sublime Divine.
She has worked in illustration and design, therapeutic counselling, writing and research. Her writings on psychological and spiritual themes in contemporary art and society are explored in book chapters with both Bloomsbury Press and Routledge Academic Press around psychology and creativity, depth psychology and archetypal imagery.“
Stark is currently working on the Sublime Vessels, a series of raw, hand built clay forms to be exhibited late in 2017.
For forthcoming exhibitions, talks and workshops, open studio days, creative art, writing or research collaborations, residencies or commissions please contact email@example.com or ph: (Australia) : 0414 658 235
The arts are not a way of making a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country