Nadina Tandy (Gibsons, BC – Sunshine Coast) #scac2011
Nadina Tandy is not only the dead-ringer of Tina Fey (yes, isn’t she?) but also equally funny. And her art is extremely intriguing. I loved her artist statement:
I have always seen the pursuit of my art as a journey in seek of answers, as a way to reveal a kernel of truth, through the use of a visual language. Employing a Socratic approach, subconscious questions are raised, the perceived answers unveiling themselves, only to lead to more questions. Slowly, this visual question and answer leads step by step to reveal what I hope will be a piece of universal truth.
My fascination is with what is just under the surface, obscured from full view. The expression of this fascination is evident in my work with the incorporation of preliminary lines revealed, over worked surfaces scratched and scraped, images erased, redrawn, replaced and/or re-painted. The suggestion of objects, figures and obscured words just below the surface seek to stimulate the viewer’s own subconscious thoughts and memories. I believe that what is under the surface, just out of view, carries equal or greater weight than what is on the surface; it is the historical makeup of the painting contrasting the attempted order on the surface with the chaos that preceded it. It is a way of looking at the past of the piece to reveal something not quite tangible in the present, an archeological dig of the mind.
I am compelled by these themes of reveal and obscure, of the effects of the past on the present, of the traces of thoughts and memories, hinting at near answers.
Nadina was kind enough not only to showcase her art for us, but also to join us in part of Day 1 of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2011. Frankly, I am extremely grateful to her as it was a lot of fun. You should totally check out her art. And Gibsons is literally a 40 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay. So, that’s probably a really easy day visit
Disclosure: I participated on the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2011 as part of a media trip. My accommodations and transportation are compliments of our hosts and the tourism agencies in charge. I paid for a few miscellaneous expenses associated with this trip, specifically incidentals and my own shopping etc. You can follow along my adventures on the Sunshine Coast through this tag.
- Gordon Halloran (Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast) #scac2011
- April White’s “Hummingbird I” (Powell River, Sunshine Coast) #scac2011
- Fibreworks Studio & Gallery (Madeira Park, BC – Sunshine Coast) #scac2011
- The Laughing Oyster (Okeover Arm, Powell River, Sunshine Coast) #scac2011
- Tug-Guhm Gallery Studio (Lund, BC – Sunshine Coast) #scac2011