Headlands Center for the Arts

Tanja Geis

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2017—2018
Affiliate Program 2016—2017
Graduate Fellowship Program 2015, University of California, Berkeley

Artist Statement

Drawing on the materials and metaphors of the shoreline and ocean, I make large paintings, sculptural installations, and video that explore the generative potential of liminal spaces, disrupted perspectives, and mongrel forms. Influenced by post-humanism, eco-psychology, phenomenology, and my work in coastal and marine management, my practice aspires to a radical acceptance that the human, if deeply observed, becomes indistinguishable from the non-human. My works are tools that help me befriend this deep entanglement and, perhaps, imagine a new eco-relational ethic.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will spend a lot of time wading the intertidal zone and holding my breath for increasingly long periods underwater. Through drawing, collection, and video I hope to articulate what emerges from that experience.

Selected Video

In 500 years, what difference will it make? (II), 2016; digital video, 16 min.

Selected Works

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