TOAF Melbourne Q+A: Tanya Wales

THE FLOWING FORMS AND FIELDS OF COLOUR CREATED BY ARTIST TANYA WALES ELICIT AN OTHERWORLDLY SENSE OF MEDITATION.

Where are you based?

I was born in Adelaide and am currently based in Sydney.

When do you feel your most creative?

Strangely, when I’m working towards a deadline. The creative process requires the right amount of time to view, plan and progress each piece of work.

How do you prefer to work?

I usually work in four- to six-hour blocks of time and aim to be working on three to four pieces of work at once. Each pour takes approximately 45 minutes of preparation and requires at least three hours of monitoring, taking up to 24 hours to dry. My painting is very process-driven.

What are you preferred techniques?

I use of confluence of techniques, including pouring, adding transparent layers, fine brushwork and painterly marks. These are used to create an otherworldly narrative buoyed by a calm ambiguity and the illusion of simplicity. The multi-layered tension between colour and form provides the energy in each piece.

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