March 17 – April 15, 2023
Artist Talk + Reception: Friday March 17th at 5pm
“Showing and not telling is a theme throughout my artistic practice. In this new body of work, a narrative of three generations of faces, grandmother, mother and daughter are explored in a large format collage. Reconfigured faces which are easily matched but ever so off. Familiar patterns and parallel parts which shift to become unknown, uneasy. Generation Imprints shares pieces of personal history and influence, flowers, wallpaper, patterns. I am a seeker, sifting through the past and looking to the future.”
Nadina Tandy’s mixed-media works speak from an otherworld and subconscious, channeling primal forces of nature, acts of resilience and cycles of renewal. Paintings are layered through micro-macro natural patterns – scraped, drawn, scratched, erased, retraced – with objects obscured or revealed, and words and figures adding sub-context. Inspiration is vibrant and unlimited, from Tandy’s dreams to old textbooks, from her studio near the ocean and rainforest to found objects and Jungian symbolism. A powerful cross-pollination of experiences, music and words is the fundamental driver of her explorations. Works are then eloquently expressed as a creative stream of consciousness.
Beyond pretty-making, Tandy is interested in process-making, manifesting deep connections to like-minded individuals and misfits, uncovering raw truth and unforeseen allure by taking a surrealist approach to concept, mark making and presentation. The results are challenging and delightful – curious, multileveled artworks that are as naïve and complex as they are intellectual and beautiful.
Vancouver-born Nadina Tandy has extensive experience in varied aspects of art and culture, since 1988. She earned a Fine Arts diploma from Langara College (Vancouver) and studied drawing and painting at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver). She also completed photography certificate studies at Concordia University (Montreal). Tandy has a broad exhibition history and her works are part of private and public collections throughout North America and Europe. Her work has been featured in print and on television and radio and she has also produced artwork for several book covers. She has produced and hosted cable TV shows and various info spots for CBC Television. She lives and works in Gibsons, BC.