Headlands Center for the Arts

Tanja Geis

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2018—2019
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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