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T’Alyne completed a Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking and foundry at Arizona State University and was later awarded a long-term artist-in-residence position at Camac Centre d’Art , France where she continued her research in Europe. Her work in held in national and international collections including: E.on Energie AG, Germany, Museo De Arte Contemporanco, Carrillo Gil Mexico D.F., Mexico, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, Kaiser Foundation, California, Arizona Country Club, Phoenix, AZ, Fondation Frank Tenot, France, Bissell Corporation, Michigan. Currently, T’Alyne lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
My work focuses on the importance of mark making and how this establishes relationships and bridges between our understanding of the environment and self. I use water-based varnish and powdered pigments on fiberglass paper and wood panels to capture the temperament of my surroundings and reflect my ever-changing environment. Flickering between two-dimensional and three-dimensional experiences my work addresses the conceptual spirit of water. 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. Water is capable of great power and destruction. It is beautiful as it filters, reflects, refracts, and interacts with light. It represents a precise process, an exchange of energy that has its own natural timing and organization.
WHY IS WATER IMPORTANT TO ARTIST?
Water is a precious resource that we need to protect. Environmental awareness and protecting our natural resources are crucial if we are to survive. As a cultural we are too busy to notice the delicacy of this complete system of life. Through my work as an artist, I view my work as a means to highlight these subtle spaces that filter and support water. It is crucial that we attend to the beauty, tranquility, and serenity in order to return to the center of balance. When we take care of our water we directly impact ourselves.
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